USDA Update for June 27, 2018

Written by Dawna Weirich on . Posted in USDA Updates

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
• SERVICE CENTER CLOSED -  WEDNESDAY, JULY 4th
• 2018 SPRING ACREAGE REPORTING DEADLINE -  July 15th 
• JULY 5th – FINAL DATE TO REPORT PREVENT PLANT FOR SORGHUM & SUNFLOWERS
• PRIMARY NESTING SEASON -  March 15th -  July 15 -  NO CRP Contract Management ALLOWED
• County Committee Nomination Deadline -  August 1st
• Apply for Livestock Forage Program - Call office for appointment.
• FARM LOAN Personnel in Kiowa County Service Center – Tuesday, July 10th 
• FSA County Committee Meeting – TBA
• 2018 ARCPLC Enrollment deadline -  August 1, 2018
• Continuous CRP Grassland Signup 201 - Currently no deadline, apply any time.  
 
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.
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WHEAT HARVEST
Harvest is in full swing and reports vary from poor to good test weights and yields.  It’s hard to believe a year ago the yields were chart topping and with the drought conditions settling back into the area this year producers won’t see the same yields.  The Service Center employees wish all our producers a safe and successful harvest. 

EMERGENCY HAYING & GRAZING CRP – HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED
FSA has started a list of livestock producers who would want to utilize CRP Emergency Haying and Grazing after July 15th if the county is approved.  Producer wishing to add their name to the list, may stop in or call into the office.  Livestock producers may also want to discuss a grazing or haying plan with NRCS; if the county does receive approval.  It is an FSA requirement that ALL producers on the CRP contract sign the required paperwork; therefore if non-resident owners signatures are required, no activity can occur until ALL signatures are return to the office. 
 
Again, Emergency Haying and Grazing of CRP HAS NOT BEEN approved.  The FSA and NRCS offices are trying to be proactive on the paperwork and field inspections, so that when and if approval is received, producers don’t have to wait on paperwork before implementing the activity. 

REPORTING PLANTED AND PREVENT PLANTED ACREAGE
Producers who planted summer crops have until July 15th to report the acres and plant dates to FSA.  Producers who are reporting prevent planted to their crop insurance agent, need to report those acres to FSA also.  Deadline for reporting prevented planting of crops with the last planting date of June 20th have until July 5th to report those acres to FSA. 
 
Drought Map for Colorado 6-19DROUGHT MONITOR
There were changes made to the Drought Monitor this past week.  The eastern edge of Kiowa, Prowers and Baca Counties were downgraded from a D3 to a D2 – severe drought.  The change was due to the rain received the prior week in southwestern Kansas.  The majority of county remains in a D3-extreme drought condition.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor website and viewing the Climate and Drought Outlooks there is some good and bad news for the area.

Good news- the climate outlooks, beginning in October through March next year this area is forecasted for above normal precipitation.

Bad news - the outlook for June through September, SE Colorado is categorized as ‘drought remains but improves’.

COUNTY COMMITTEE ELECTION
It’s that time of the year again for County Committee Nomination period.  Eligible voters in LAA 2 for Kiowa County received a post card announcing the nomination period of June 15 through August 1st.  LAA 2 is the central area of the county and producers in that area are represented by Destiny Duff Haase.  Duff was elected to the Committee in 2015 and will completing her first three year term.  Term limits apply to County Committees, elected members cannot exceed three terms or 9 consecutive years. 

FSA encourages all eligible producers to nominate themselves, or another eligible producer to be a candidate for the Committee.  Nomination forms (FSA-669) are available on the web or at the Service Center.  Nomination forms must be received no later than August 1, 2018. 

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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