USDA Update - December 10, 2018

Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
Published Tuesday, December 11, 2018
by Eads USDA Service Center Staff

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • DECEMBER 11th- FARM LOAN Personnel in Eads Service Center County Committee Meeting - TBA
  • DECEMBER 19th- Retirement Reception for Marty & Marvin - 2-4 p.m. @ USDA Service Center
  • DECEMBER 31, 2018 - DEADLINE to apply for 2018 (LFP) Livestock Forage Program - EXTENDED to JANUARY 15th, 2019
  • JANUARY 15, 2019- MFP - Market Facilitation Program- Part D of CCC-910 form signature deadline.  

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. 

RETIREMENT RECEPTION - Honoring Marty Miller and Marvin Watson - 

The rumors are true, Marty Miller and Marvin Watson will both be retiring from the Kiowa County NRCS Office the end of December.   The FSA and District Conservation Board will be hosting a retirement reception honoring Marty & Marvin on Wednesday, December 19 from 2-4 p.m. at the Service Center.  The public is invited to stop by the Service Center, share in some holiday cheer and wish these two gentleman a long and happy retirement. They will be missed! 

COC ELECTION RESULTS

The County Committee met Thursday, December 6, and counted received ballots for the COC election. Destiny 'Duff' Haase was re-elected to the County Committee for a second three-year term.  The County Committee (COC) system is a critical part of the Farm Service Agency and we thank each one of the COC members who make the commitment to serve.

PLC PAYMENTS - SUNFLOWERS

This past week FSA announced the final payment rate 2017 Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for sunflowers and various other oilseed crops.  The final payment rate for sunflowers was .0295 per pound.  The Kiowa County FSA Office issued payments to producers who elected PLC for sunflowers Tuesday, December 4.  

MARKET FACILITATION PROGRAM 

The FSA Office has not received notification if the second payment on the other half of the harvested production will be issued.  If a second payment rate is announced, producers who have received the first payment, the second payment will be issued promptly.  

INCOME FOR TAXES

With the issuance of the 2017 sunflower PLC payments, the potential for a second payment of the Marketing Facilitation Program (MFP) and possible CRP cost share payments, some producers may not wish to have this income in the 2018 tax year. Unfortunately, when payments are due, and producers are deemed eligible those payment must be issued.  However, for the MFP payment, producers can control when that payment is issued.  Producers, who do not want the MFP payment in 2018 tax year, DO NOT provide the evidence of production until after the first of the year.  

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.govNicole Lubbers, nicole.lubbers@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. 

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