USDA Update - August 3, 2018

PROMO 660 x 440 Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
Published Friday, August 3, 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.

*      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 - Currently no deadline, applications are being accepted              

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. 

CROP DAMAGE 

Producers who suffered crop damage from the storm that occurred on either Friday, July 27thor Sunday, July 20thand have reported the damage to crop insurance are also reminded to report the damage to the FSA office.  Producers will need to revise their acreage report to reflect any failed acres and also complete a CCC-576, Notice of loss form.  

There are also damage assessment reports the FSA office need to complete and this data can be helpful for submitting that report.

Producers who have crops planted that are covered under a 2018 'Noninsured Crop Assistance Program' (NAP) policy must file a Notice of Loss within 15 days from the date the loss was apparent.  Failure to timely file the Notice of loss can result in a loss of benefits.  

2019 NONINSURED CROP ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 

Tuesday, September 4this the last day to purchase a 2019 NAP policy for the following crops, pertinent to Kiowa.  

  • Triticale
  • Canola

TheNAP service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. Due to the expiration of the Farm Bill, the buy-up option will not be available for crop year 2019 and subsequent years.  

FARM RECONSTITUTIONS

To be effective for the current Fiscal Year (FY), farm combinations and farm divisions the request must have been made by August 1 for farms subject to the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program.  A reconstitution is considered to be requested when all:

  • of the required signatures are on FSA-155
  • other applicable documentation, such as proof of ownership, is submitted.

Operators and landowners need to make themselves aware that there are different methods of determining the division of crop bases.

Estate Method-- the division of bases, allotments and quotas for a parent farm among heirs in settling an estate;

Designation of Landowner Method-- may be used when (1) part of a farm is sold or ownership is transferred; (2) an entire farm is sold to two or more persons; (3) farm ownership is transferred to two or more persons; (4) part of a tract is sold or ownership is transferred; (5) a tract is sold to two or more persons; or (6) tract ownership is transferred to two or more persons. In order to use this method the land sold must have been owned for at least three years, or a waiver granted, and the buyer and seller must sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

DCP Cropland Method-- the division of bases in the same proportion that the DCP cropland for each resulting tract relates to the DCP cropland on the parent tract;

Default Method-- the division of bases for a parent farm with each tract maintaining the bases attributed to the tract level when the reconstitution is initiated in the system.

Normally the office will use the default method unless otherwise instructed. So when producers are completing the FSA-155, be certain you understand the different methods available.  

DROUGHT MONITOR

It's amazing what some rain will do for the area, unfortunately we never know what those rain clouds carry with them in the form of hail. It's devastating to see the crops suffer such damage.  The drought monitor remained status quo for the week, as the western end of Kiowa County is still experiencing drought conditions.  

The chart below shows moisture received in different areas of the county Jan - July. Details across Colorado are available in this article.

 

2018

Haswell area

Eads NOAA

Private North of Brandon

Sand Creek CO AG MET

East of Sheridan Lake

January

0

0.26

0.3

0.21

0.02

February

0

0.19

0.2

0

0.13

March

0.12

0.33

0.15

0.1

0.23

April  

0.74

1.33

1.39

1.21

1.46

May

0.71

1.18

1.22

0.43

1.8

June

0.51

0.8

2.89

3.11

2.48

July

3.31

3.86

2.46

2.74

4.13

 

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 

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