USDA Update - July 2, 2019

Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
Published Tuesday, July 2, 2019
by Eads USDA Service Center Staff

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

USDA SERVICE CENTER CLOSED - THURSDAY, JULY 4 

2019 SPRING CROP CERTIFICATION DEADLINE - JULY 15 - call and schedule your appointment! 

COUNTY COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS - LAA 3 (west end) - August 1 deadline. 

  • FSA Farm Loan personnel in Eads Office - June 11
  • COC Meeting - TBD
  • CRP Primary Nesting Season March 15 - July 15.
  • CRP Routine Haying & Grazing - 2ndSeason begins July 16.       

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. 

WHEAT HARVEST 

It's a late start for wheat harvest this year and with rain in the forecast for this week it could be delayed even longer. Here at the FSA Office we wish all our producers a safe and bountiful harvest. 

ACREAGE REPORTING 

Producers who have completed planting spring seeded crops and have not reported planted acres to FSA - CALLand make your appointment TODAY. Producers who are unsure of the final intended use of the crop have until July 15 to finalize the intended use, but before the 15ththe maps can be marked with the crop, plant date and FSA staff can load the information into the computer system. If producers are still unsure of intended use of grain or forage after July 15th; they will be charged a late-filed fee of $46.00 per farm 

SPRING CERTIFICATION - REPORTING DEADLINE JULY 15 

The office will require the following information for acreage reporting. 

  • Crop planted - corn, grain sorghum, millet (proso or common), forage sorghum, 
  • Acreage planted - number of acres planted per field
  • Plant date of the crop
  • Intended use of the crop - most common is for grain, graze or forage. FINALIZED BEFORE THE 
  • Crop share or cash lease - shares per farm. If cash leased, current cash lease will need to be on file. 

CRP HAYING AND GRAZING 

The required CRP primary nesting season will end on July 15; beginning on July 16 CRP routine grazing and managed haying will be available for producers. 

  • GRAZING PERIOD 

Colorado's grazing period is split into two 60 calendar days periods, the first period is the beginning of the fiscal year October 1 through November 30 - the second grazing period is July 16 through September 14. 

  • GRAZING FREQENCY 

Grazing can occur 1 out of every 3 years, after the cover if fully established and determined established by NRCS. Participants will be allowed to graze up to 100% of a contract based on 75% of the NRCS standard stocking rate in one specific FY, or producers may graze 75% the acres at 100% of the NRCS standard stocking rate. 

Producers who grazed CRP last year under CRP Emergency provisions the frequency clock resets based on the fiscal year the emergency haying or grazing occurred. 

Ex. If a producer grazed a CRP contract last year in July 2018 the contract will not be eligible for grazing until FY 2021. 

Producers interesting in Haying CRP, please visit the office for more information. 

Producers interested in haying or grazing MUST complete the required paperwork at the FSA and NRCS Office BEFORE any activity can occur on the CRP land. 

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

409 E Lowell Ave.

PO Box 188 - Eads, CO 81036

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

KIOWA COUNTY FARM LOAN CONTACT INFO - CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT

Telephone 719-336-3437 (ext2) 

Mary Rhoades, mary.rhoades@usda.gov,

Nicole Lubbers, nicole.lubbers@usda.gov

SERVICE CENTER OFFICE HOURS: 

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

FSA INFORMATION

Visit website www.Farmers.gov for up to date information on the 2018 Farm Bill.

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