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USDA Update for April 11, 2018

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

•    PRIMARY NESTING SEASON -  March 15th -  July 15 -  NO CRP Contract Management ALLOWED
•    CRP – Initial and re-seeding of permanent cover -  Deadline April 30th
•    FARM LOAN Personnel in Kiowa County Service Center – Tuesday, May 8th  
•    Conservation District Meeting -  Thursday, April 19th -  8:00 A.M. Cobblestone Inn - Eads
•    FSA County Committee Meeting – April 24th  
•    CRP Continuous Signup - CRP Grassland OFFERS ONLY.  Producers interested are urged to contact FSA Office.  NOW!! - File form CCC-633 EZ page 1 with FSA before losing beneficial interest to maintain Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) eligibility.  (To request payments, producers need to submit page 2 of the CCC-633EZ)
•    2018 ARCPLC Enrollment deadline -  August 1, 2018
    
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.


WEATHER
Good to see snow late last week and some rain over the weekend.  However, some areas of the county received more than other areas.  Traveling west on Saturday morning, Haswell didn’t receive as much snow as the Eads area and Arlington didn’t appear to have received but just a trace.  Hopefully the weather pattern will keep sending some moisture into the area.  

FAILED PLANTED ACRES
Friendly reminder to producers that may have wheat acres that have been or will be getting released by crop insurance adjusters.  Be certain to visit the FSA office to report those failed acres.  The office will also require a copy of your appraisal to attach to the form. 

Kiowa County Conservation District meetings
Kiowa County Conservation District annual meeting will be at 8:00 AM Thursday, April 19 at the Cobblestone Inn in Eads.  Jeff Goats, NRCS Soil Scientist, will be discussing Soil Health and Sustainability.  Kiowa County Conservation District will also be hosting the Local Work Group meeting following the annual meeting at 9:30 AM.   The purpose of this meeting is to give an opportunity for local stakeholders to provide NRCS with input on conservation needs, resource concerns, priorities, and recommendations regarding program administration and implementation.
Drought Monitor - April 2018
DROUGHT MONITOR
The changes for the week in the Drought Monitor moved the D3 (Extreme Drought) into the eastern portion of Otero and Las Animas and western Bent counties.  Kiowa County remains in a D2 category (severe drought).  D2 category was also added to Pueblo County this week.  

I would encourage the readers to visit the Drought Monitor internet site @ http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/, the maps are updated on every Thursday.  Weekly there is a drought summary which breaks down the changes to the monitor by regions, there are also comparison maps for the past two weeks, animated current maps for the past 6 to 12 weeks and annual maps back to the year 2000.   

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
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KIOWA COUNTY FARM LOAN CONTACT INFO – CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT
Telephone 719-336-3437 (ext2) Mary Rhoades, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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