USDA Update - August 10, 2018

PROMO 660 x 440 Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
by Eads USDA Service Center Staff

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • COUNTY APPROVED FOR CRP EMERGENCY HAYING AND GRAZING
  • Apply for Livestock Forage Program - Call office for appointment.
  • NAP COVERAGE DEADLINE_  September 4th- triticale and canola -  December 1st, native grass 
  • FARM LOAN Personnel in Kiowa County Service Center - Tuesday, September 11th
  • FSA County Committee Meeting - TBA
  • 2018 ARCPLC Enrollment deadline -  September 30, 2018 _ EXTENSION RECEIVED

Continuous CRP Grassland Signup 201 -Offers being accepted - $5.00 per acre rental rate           

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. 

LIVESTOCK FORAGE PROGRAM - 

This past week, the FSA office issued payments to producers who had previously been approved for LFP the fifth month payment for Kiowa County. The LFP program allows a maximum of five months of payment, triggering only during the growing season.  The fifth month triggered for Kiowa, Bent, Otero and Crowley county producers due to the D4 (exceptional drought) designation for four weeks on the U.S. Drought monitor.  Producers should be receiving the deposits in their account followed by a transaction statement noting the payment.  All FY18 LFP payments have a 6.6% sequester reduction.

Producers with Livestock are urged to visit the FSA office to determine eligibility for the LFP program.  

CRP GRASSLAND CHANGE IN RENTAL RATE

The FSA Office was notified this past week of a correction to the per acre rental rate for CRP Grassland program.  The revised rental rate announced in June was $6.00; however that was in error and a correction has been issued to reflect $5.00 per acre.  

Producers who have submitted offers have been notified of the change and will need to determine if they wish to submit another offer with the $5.00 rental rate. 

Producers who are interested in submitting an offer for acceptance into CRP Grassland program are urged to contact the office for more information.  

CRP STATUS REVIEWS

As time and workload allows, the NRCS staff will be conducting annual status reviews for CRP contracts, which is required prior to annual rental payments being issued in October. The contracts of concern are new seeding of either cover crop or permanent cover.  The County Committee will be reviewing the reports from NRCS after the field inspections are completed.  Producers with 2ndor 3rdyear permanent seeding's and are experiencing problems getting the cover to establish need to be in contact with NRCS or FSA.  The same applies to producers with cover crops; if there are weed issues or problems with the cover crop; contact NRCS or FSA.  Producers should remember that the CRP contract is a binding contract between USDA and the participants. Don't wait for NRCS or FSA to discover establishment issues, if there are problems visit the office and discuss options.  

DROUGHT MONITOR

Kiowa, Otero, Crowley and Bent counties that were previously designated in a D4 drought designation have moved to a D3 this week. Drought conditions in the state have vastly improved over a four to five week period.  Hopefully more rain is in the forecast for the area.  More information about drought conditions across Colorado is available in this article.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - August 7, 2018
Courtesy National Drought Mitigation Center - August 7, 2018

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

USDA SERVICE CENTER CONTACT INFORMATION

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

E-mail individuals firstname.lastname@co.usda.gov (Example firstname.lastname@co.usda.gov, dawna. weirich, charla.ferris, hallie.barlow, marvin.watson, marlin.miller

KIOWA COUNTY FARM LOAN CONTACT INFO - CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT

Telephone 719-336-3437 (ext2) Mary Rhoades, mary.rhoades@co.usda.gov

SERVICE CENTER OFFICE HOURS:  

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

FSA INFORMATION 

For information on programs visit our website located at www.fsa.usda.govor like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.