USDA Update - October 28, 2018

PROMO 660 x 440 Agriculture USDA Service Center Update
Published Sunday, October 28, 2018
by Eads USDA Service Center Staff

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • NOVEMBER 12th- USDA SERVICE CENTER CLOSEDin observance of VETERAN'S DAY 
  • NOVEMBER 13th- FARM LOAN Personnel in Eads Service Center County Committee Meeting - TBA
  • NOVEMBER 15th- ACREAGE REPORTING DEADLINE - 2019 planted wheat, alfalfa and triticale
  • DECEMBER 1st- NAP COVERAGE DEADLINE- NATIVE GRASS 
  • DECEMBER 31, 2018- DEADLINE to apply for 2018 (LFP) Livestock Forage Program - EXTENDED to JANUARY 30, 2018
  • JANUARY 15, 2019MFP - 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. 

ATTENTION:  OPERATORS - CALL THE FSA OFFICE TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR 2019 FALL ACREAGE REPORTING.

2019 ACREAGE REPORTING DEADLINE CHANGE

The FSA Office received news concerning the November acreage reporting deadlines this past week.  The ARD or Acreage Reporting Deadline for perennial grasses has been changed from November 15thto July 15thfor crop year 2019 and subsequent years.  

There will be more information forthcoming in the next few weeks concerning this change and reporting requirements for NAP crops.  Perennial grass in Kiowa County is the largest NAP insured crop in the county.  

2019 FALL ACREAGE REPORT

During the next few weeks, the FSA office staff will be notifying producers who have NOT reported completed a 2019 acreage report, the deadline is November 15th.  The staff is going to busy once harvest is complete with the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) as producers are turning in their final crop harvest production and we need to be wrapping up the required acreage reports.  Remember when visiting the office to have all the information to complete an accurate acreage report, this means plant dates, intended use of the planted crop, and crop shares.  

MARKET FACILITATION PROGRAM 

USDA launched the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Producers of certain commodities can now sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP).

Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently administering the MFP program to provide payments to producers share of 2018 harvested production of corn, cotton, sorghum, soybean, wheat.  Hog and dairy producers are also urged to apply, as a payment rate is established for those commodities also. An announcement about further payments will be made in the coming months, if warranted.

The sign-up period for MFP which includes signing Part D of the CCC-910 form, ends Jan. 15, 2019.  Eligible producers should apply after harvest is complete, as payments will only be issued once production is reported.  Producers may apply at any FSA Office; however, the application will be administered by the producer's or entity recording county for payment eligibility.

A payment will be issued on 50 percent of the producer's total production, multiplied by the MFP rate for a specific commodity. A second payment period, if warranted, will be determined by the USDA.

Applicants must have a 2018 AGI - Adjusted Gross Income Form or CCC-941 certifying that the average adjusted gross income for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 is less than $900,000. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations.

Producers can learn additional information on the MFP program at www.farmers.gov/mfpincluding payment rates for the program. 

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.