USDA Update

PROMO 660 x 440 Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
Published Saturday, April 15, 2017
PROMO 660 x 440 Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
by USDA Service Center Staff

By USDA Service Center Staff


  • County Committee Meeting - 2nd Tuesday each month - May 9th- 9:00 a.m.
  • May 31st - final loan available date for corn, grain sorghum and sunflowers.
  • March 15th - July 15th -  CRP Primary Nesting Season - NO Activity permitted on CRP
  • CRP Continuous Signup - Lesser Prairie Chicken, CRP Grassland acres are available.  Producers interested are urged to contact FSA Office. 


Disclaimer:  Information in this UPDATE is pertinent to Kiowa County FSA only.  Producers reading this and that do not have FSA interest in Kiowa County are advised to contact their local FSA Office.


There was a new projection of 2016 PLC payment rates on April 11th.  Be reminded, these are only projections and the final effective prices on wheat isn't until June, as the marketing year is June 1 through May 31st.  ARCPLC payments are issued in October.  

2016 projections - as of April 11th, 2017

Wheat - $1.65 bushel

Oats - 0.35 bushel

Corn - 0.30 bushel

Grain Sorghum - $1.25 bushel

Sunflowers - 0.0275 pound


The office has received reports of 2017 wheat acres being released by crop insurance.  Producers are reminded to report those failed acres to FSA also.  Prevented planted acres also are required to be reported to FSA within 15 calendar days following the final planting date, a late-filed report can be submitted.  Late-filed reports will only be accepted if FSA conducts a farm visit to assess the eligible disaster condition that prevented the crop from being planted.  A measurement service fee will be charged.  Risk Management Agency (RMA) still uses FSA data for different purposes.  Be certain what you report to your crop insurance agent matches FSA report of acreage also.


The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, wildfires, extreme heat or extreme cold.

For 2017, eligible losses must occur on or after Jan. 1, 2017, and no later than 60 calendar days from the ending date of the applicable adverse weather event or attack. A notice of loss must be filed with FSA within 30 days of when the loss of livestock is apparent. Participants must provide the following supporting documentation to their local FSA office no later than 90 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the eligible loss condition occurred.

  •  Proof of death documentation
  • Copy of growers contracts
  • Proof of normal mortality documentation

USDA has established normal mortality rates for each type and weight range of eligible livestock, i.e. Adult Beef Cow = 3% and Non-Adult Beef Cattle (less than 400 pounds) = 4%. These established percentages reflect losses that are considered expected or typical under "normal" conditions. Producers who suffer livestock losses in 2017 must file both of the following:

  •  A notice of loss the earlier of 30 calendar days of when the loss was apparent
  • An application for payment by March 31, 2018.

Additional Information about LIP is available at your local FSA office or online at:

The date has passed for producers to request an LDP or a marketing loan for 2016 wheat.  However, producers with outstanding marketing loans can purchase a commodity certificate up to the date of maturity if the posted county price is lower than the loan rate.  Producers with warehouse and farm-stored marketing loans are encouraged to track the posted county price.  Contact the FSA office for more information.

The website to check daily LDP rates is as follows:

Kiowa County FSA Committee

  • Destiny Haase -  LAA 2 - Central area - Committee Chairperson
  • Sean Harkness - LAA 1 - East area - Committee Vice-Chairperson
  • Michael Zimmerman - LAA3 - West area - Committee Regular Member


Telephone 719-438-5851 FSA (Ext 2), NRCS (Ext 3). FSA Fax number: fax2mail 844-332-7501

E-mail individuals (Example, dawna.weirich, charla.ferris, hallie.barlow, marvin.watson, marlin.miller, Alicia.L.james


Telephone 719-336-3437 (ext2) Mary Rhoades,


Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  By appointment only on Friday.


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