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End Rows for July 1, 2014 (06/30/14)
County committee nomination period now open FSA is currently accepting nomination for the upcoming County Committee election. In Saline County, this year's election will be held in Area 1 which includes the townships of Arrow Rock, Cambridge, Clay and Salt Fork. The area is currently represented by Loyd French...
End Rows for June 3, 2014 (06/02/14)
USDA announces changes to fruit, vegetable and wild rice planting rules FSA has announced fruit, vegetable and wild rice provisions that affect producers who intend to participate in certain programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014. Similar to previous programs that were administered, planting fruits, vegetables or wild rice on base acres on a farm can result in a payment reduction for program participants...
End Rows for May 20, 2014 (05/20/14)
USDA enhances Farm Storage Facility Loan program USDA has expanded the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program to include 22 new categories of eligible equipment for fruit and vegetable producers. Producers with small and mid-sized operations, and specialty crop fruit and vegetable growers, now have access to needed capital for a variety of supplies including sorting bins, wash stations and other food safety-related equipment...
End Rows for May 6, 2014 (05/05/14)
Livestock forage disaster program When signing up for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, you will be asked for the beginning inventory of your livestock as of 60 days prior to the qualifying drought condition. For Saline County producers with losses from the 2012 drought, you will need to provide your beginning inventory as of May of 2012. For the 2013 drought, you will need to...
End Rows for April 29, 2014 (04/28/14)
Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) qualifying drought conditions The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) covers grazing losses for covered livestock on land that is native or improved pasture with a permanent vegetative cover, or is planted specifically for grazing...
End Rows for April 22, 2014 (04/21/14)
2014 acreage reporting dates In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the local county FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline. The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Missouri:...
End Rows for April 15, 2014 (04/14/14)
Disaster programs The following four disaster programs authorized by the 2008 farm bill have been extended indefinitely, beyond the horizon of the 2014 farm bill: -- Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) -- provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses due to drought; LFP payments for drought are equal to 60 percent of the monthly feed cost for up to five months, depending upon the severity of the drought...
End Rows for April 8, 2014 (04/07/14)
LFP/LIP program signups The 2014 farm bill makes the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and Livestock Indemnity Program permanent programs and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible losses back to October 1, 2011. LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire. ...
End Rows for March 25, 2014 (03/24/14)
So what now? The question has been asked, "Is there anything I need to sign right now at the FSA office?" If there are no changes to your farming operation, the next time you need to contact the FSA office is to report your planted crops. -- May 15 is the deadline to report spring oats and potatoes...
End Rows for March 18, 2014 (03/17/14)
Farm bill website available The 2014 farm bill repeals certain programs, continues some programs with modifications and authorizes several new programs administered by FSA. For the latest on 2014 farm bill programs administered by FSA, please visit www.fsa.usda.gov/farmbill and for an FSA program overview please review the recently posted FSA farm bill fact sheet titled, "What's in the 2014 farm bill for Farm Service Agency customers?"...
End Rows for March 4, 2014 (03/03/14)
Women in Agriculture Conference sold out The Eleventh Annual Women in Agriculture Conference has sold out. For those who still want to go but haven't registered, call 660-886-7447, ext 3. Your name will be put on a waiting list in case there is a cancellation...
End Rows for Feb. 18, 2014 (02/17/14)
Loans for the socially disadvantaged FSA has a number of loan programs available to assist applicants to begin or continue in agriculture production. Loans are available for operating expenses or to purchase a farm. While all qualified producers are eligible to apply for these loan programs, FSA has...
End Rows for Feb. 11, 2014 (02/10/14)
New farm bill The new farm bill has been passed and signed into law. There have been a few calls regarding signing-up for the new programs. It will still be awhile before FSA staff has received training on the new legislation and for software updates to be made so that implementation can begin...
End Rows for Jan. 28, 2014 (01/27/14)
COC election results LAA3 Donald Boland has been re-elected by the voters of Local Administrative Area (LAA) 3 to represent them on the Saline County FSA Committee. LAA 3 consists of Blackwater, Elmwood, Liberty and Salt Pond Townships. Donald's three-year term begins Feb. 18. His first alternate is Chris Livengood and second alternate is William Paxton...
End Rows for Jan. 14, 2014 (01/13/14)
Jan. 15: Waiver ends Producers have until Wednesday, Jan. 15, to report their 2014 hay, pasture and fall-seeded small grains including wheat, without paying a late-filing fee. The normal reporting dates are Nov. 15 for hay and pasture and Dec. 15 for wheat and other small grains...
End Rows for January 7, 2014 (01/06/14)
Registration opens for 11th annual Women in Ag conference It's time to register for the 11th annual Women in Ag conference in Marshall. The conference will be held at the Martin Community Center at 1985 S Odell on Mar. 14. This year's theme is "Stompin' On, the new Decade Begins."...
End Rows for Dec. 31, 2013 (12/30/13)
COC election ballots Corrected County Committee ballots have been mailed to eligible voters in Local Administrative Area (LAA) 3 which includes Blackwater, Elmwood, Liberty and Salt Pond Townships in Saline County. The ballots must be returned or postmarked by Jan. 17. Don't forget to sign the address label on the Ballot Return Envelope...
End Rows for Dec. 17, 2013 (12/17/13)
Maintaining the quality of loaned grain Producers who have farm-stored grain pledged as collateral for a marketing assistance loan should remember that they are responsible for maintaining the quality of the grain through the term of the loan. If the grain needs to be moved in order to maintain the quality, you need to call us before any grain is moved, even to a different bin at the same bin site...
End Rows for Dec. 3, 2013 (12/02/13)
Mid-contract management for CRP If you have a CRP contract then you have probably heard of Mid-contract management (MCM). Mid-contract management is a required practice on newer CRP signups that must be performed one time on each contract acre during contract years three through six. ...
End Rows for Nov. 26, 2013 (11/26/13)
Acreage reporting dates for 2014 Producers now have until Jan. 15, to report crops that have a Nov. 15 or Dec. 15 reporting deadline without paying a late-file fee. Crops under this waiver include wheat and native and improved grasses intended for grazing or haying...
End Rows for Nov. 19, 2013 (11/19/13)
Waiver of late-filing fees For those who missed the Nov. 15 deadline for reporting hay and pasture acreages, late-filing fees have been waived until Jan. 15, 2014. The normal reporting deadline for hay and pasture acreages was Nov. 15, 2013 for the 2014 program and crop year...
End Rows for Nov. 12, 2013 (11/11/13)
Changing banks Nearly all Farm Service Agency payments are made electronically using direct deposit. To keep the system running smoothly, it's critical to keep the county office staff up to date on changes you might make in your financial institutions...
End Rows for Nov. 5, 2013 (11/05/13)
Whitetail Deer management timeline This is an exciting time of year for Missouri deer hunters as the firearms season is just around the corner. As you sit in the deer stand or ground blind this hunting season your mind may wander to thoughts of that giant buck you saw this summer walking towards you at 20 yards or getting a doe to put some meat in the freezer, but just maybe you're thinking about how you can make your property more desirable to deer. ...
End Rows for Oct. 29, 2013 (10/29/13)
2013 county committee election Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters in LAA 3 (Blackwater, Elmwood, Liberty and Salt Pond Townships) on Nov. 4. The candidates are Bill Paxton, Chris Livengood and incumbent Donald Boland. If for some reason you don't receive a ballot, and believe you should have, contact the FSA office...
End Rows for Oct. 22, 2013 (10/21/13)
October payments The government shutdown has slightly delayed payments normally issued in early October. We anticipate Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments being issued late this week or early next week. Those with direct deposit should see the payments in their bank accounts by around Oct. 31...
End Rows for Oct. 1, 2013 (10/02/13)
October payments We anticipate issuing the 2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program, ACRE, and Conservation Reserve Program annual rental payments this month. There is still time to make sure we have your current banking information for direct deposit and current address...
End Rows for Sept. 24, 2013 (09/26/13)
CRP reminders CRP participants with managed haying and grazing are required to certify to the acres hayed or grazed by Sept. 30. If the ground was grazed, livestock must be off by Sept. 30. If the ground was baled, hay bales must be removed by Oct. 30...
End Rows for Sept. 10, 2013 (09/13/13)
Important September deadlines There are two important September deadlines for the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP). Producers who have either not yet enrolled in DCP or have not yet signed their DCP contracts must do so by close of business Sept. 16, 2013...
End Rows For Sept. 3, 2013 (08/30/13)
Managed haying and grazing of CRP Haying and grazing of CRP is authorized under certain conditions to improve the quality and performance of the CRP cover or to provide emergency relief to livestock producers due to certain natural disasters. There are two types of haying and grazing authorization: managed and emergency. Today we are focusing on Managed Haying and Grazing...
End Rows for Aug. 27, 2013 (08/26/13)
Filing for NAP losses Form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, is used to report failed acreage and prevented planting and may be completed by any producer with an interest in the crop. Timely filing a Notice of Loss is required for all crops including grasses...
End Rows for Aug. 20, 2013 (08/26/13)
Update your banking information for direct deposit If your bank has made any changes recently, such as a merger, make sure we have your current information for Direct Deposit. Your account number may not change but the routing number could. Also if you have made changes, such as closed an account or changed banks, we need to know before program payments are issued in October...
End Rows for July 2, 2013 (08/02/13)
County Committee (COC) elections The election of agricultural producers to Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees is important to ALL farmers and ranchers, whether beginning or long-established with large or small operations. It is crucial that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)...
End Rows for Feb. 5, 2013 (02/07/13)
Enbridge pipeline If the Enbridge pipeline is going to go through your CRP ground, please contact the FSA office administering the contract as soon as possible. There is some action required on your part if you want to continue that area in the CRP contract...
End Rows for Jan. 29, 2013 (01/31/13)
DCP/ACRE sign-up starts February 19 FSA will begin sign-up for DCP and ACRE for the 2013 crops on February 19, 2013. The DCP sign-up period will end on Aug. 2, 2013; the ACRE election period will end on June 3, 2013. The 2013 DCP and ACRE program provisions are unchanged from 2012, except that all eligible participants in 2013 may choose to enroll in either DCP or ACRE for the 2013 crop year...
End Rows for Jan. 22, 2013 (01/21/13)
USDA finalizes new microloan program Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000...
Pipeline through CRP (12/19/12)
CRP participants who have been contacted by Enbridge Pipeline about laying a pipeline through your CRP ground should contact the FSA office administering the CRP contract. Because the participant is responsible for restoring any CRP cover that is disturbed during the construction, it is important that you keep us informed...
End Rows for Oct. 16 (10/18/12)
New crop reporting deadlines for 2013 pasture and wheat All producers are reminded that the acreage reporting date for fall seeded crops has changed, beginning with the crop planted for 2013 harvest. The new acreage reporting deadline for biennial and perennial forage crops is Nov. 15, 2012...
End Rows for Sept. 25 (09/27/12)
Payments issued in October Annual rental payments for the CRP program are scheduled to be issued the week of October 1. Those participants utilizing direct deposit should see the payments in their accounts the week of October 8. DCP and ACRE direct payments will be processed after CRP, and participants should see those disbursements around October 15...
End Rows for Sept. 18, 2012 (09/18/12)
ECP Deadline The deadline to apply for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) in Saline County is September 28. ECP provides cost-share assistance to livestock producers whose water source has been severely impacted by drought. To be considered, landowners must submit a signed application by Friday September 28...
New initiative available under continuous CRP (08/23/12)
The Farm Service Agency is accepting offers for a new initiative under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The Highly Erodible Land (HEL) Initiative will accept offers of land with an erosion rate of at least 20 tons per acre per year...
End Rows for June 5 (06/06/12)
The 2012 enrollment deadline for the Direct & Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program was June 1. However those who have not yet enrolled for 2012 may do so during the late-filing period which is available now through August 1...
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DCP & ACRE enrollment The 2012 enrollment deadline for the Direct & Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program was June 1. However those who have not yet enrolled for 2012 may do so during the late-filing period which is available now through August 1...
End Rows for May 1 (04/30/12)
Local adminstrative area (LAA)) 2 nominees needed It's that time of year again to nominate a candidate for a position on the County Committee. In Saline County, this year's election will be held in LAA 2 which includes Grand Pass, Marshall, and Miami Townships...
End Rows for Jan. 31 (02/02/12)
DCP/ACRE sign-up is underway The DCP/ACRE sign-up is underway in county FSA offices. Saline County producers can call (660) 886-7447 ext 2for an appointment. The deadline for the sign up period is June 1, 2012. Even though 2012 is the final year of the current farm bill, producers can still elect to enroll their farm in the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program...
EQIP Program Has Multiple Initiatives (01/10/12)
Over the years, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) has evolved into a program with several different emphasis areas. As of 2012, there are 5 different "Initiatives" under which the program funds conservation incentive payments. They are the Organic, On Farm Energy, Seasonal High Tunnels, Air Quality and Regular Initiatives. ...
GovDelivery AND eALerts (01/03/12)
FSA offices are moving toward a paperless operation with a new operation called GovDelivery. Producers now have the option to receive the county newsletter electronically via e-mail instead of receiving a hard copy in the mail. Producers can subscribe to receive electronic newsletters by going to www.fsa.usda.gov/subscribe...
End Rows for Dec. 27 (12/27/11)
By STEVEN H. WOODEN District Conservationist There are some dates to remember if you are currently participating in or want to participate in one or more of the programs administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS is currently accepting applications for the General, High Tunnel, Organic Farming, On Farm Energy and Air Quality Initiatives of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). ...
End Rows for Dec. 20 (12/20/11)
Supplemental revenue assistance program (SURE) The sign-up for 2010 losses started on Nov. 14, 2011 and runs through June 1, 2012. The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) provides benefits for farm revenue losses due to natural disasters that incurred in the crop year 2010...
End Rows for Dec. 13 (12/13/11)
We are proud to announce that Loyd French of Marshall has been elected to represent LAA 1 on the Saline County Committee for the next three years starting January 1. Loyd is a 4th generation farmer, farming 680 acres near Hardeman with his dad, Brownie French...
End Rows for Dec. 6 (12/06/11)
2010 SURE Sign-up has begun, SURE is the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program that provides assistance to producers who have suffered an overall revenue loss due to disaster conditions. To be eligible, participants must have: --Had crop insurance or NAP coverage on all economically significant crops in their operation...
FSA asks producers to vote in county committee election (11/30/11)
There is just one week left to vote in the Saline County Committee election. Ballots have been mailed to eligible voters and completed ballots must be returned, either by mail or in person, to the FSA office by December 5, 2011. Local Administrative Area 1 is up for election this year in Saline County, and includes Arrow Rock, Cambridge, Clay and Salt Fork Townships...
End Rows for Nov. 15 (11/14/11)
The sign-up for 2010 losses began Nov. 14, 2011, and will end June 1, 2012. The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) provides benefits for farm revenue losses due to natural disasters that occurred in the crop year 2010. SURE is available to eligible producers on:...
End Rows for Nov. 8 (11/08/11)
2012 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) enrollment will begin January 23, 2012, and will end June 1, 2012. This is later than usual -- FSA offices will be implementing the SURE program for 2010 crop. Here are some IMPORTANT REMINDERS: All producers planting on DCP base acres must be identified on the DCP/ACRE contract and receive a proportionate share of DCP/ACRE payment for the farm...
End Rows for Nov. 8 (11/08/11)
2012 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) enrollment will begin January 23, 2012, and will end June 1, 2012. This is later than usual -- FSA offices will be implementing the SURE program for 2010 crop. Here are some IMPORTANT REMINDERS: All producers planting on DCP base acres must be identified on the DCP/ACRE contract and receive a proportionate share of DCP/ACRE payment for the farm...
End Rows for Nov. 8 (11/08/11)
2012 DCP/ACRE sign-up
End Rows for Nov. 1 (10/31/11)
County committee elections Watch your mailbox for the official county office committee election ballot starting early next month. Ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters in Local Administrative Area 1 in Saline County starting November 4, 2011. LAA 1 includes Arrow Rock, Cambridge, Clay and Salt Fork Townships...
End Rows for Oct. 25 (10/24/11)
FSA will accept applications for 2010 crop losses from November 14, 2011 through June 1, 2012. Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) Program provides assistance to producers who have suffered an overall revenue loss due to disaster conditions. Why are we just now looking at losses for 2010 crop?...
End Rows for Oct 18 (10/17/11)
TTPP sign-up deadline for 2012 payments Tobacco quota holders and producers not currently enrolled in the Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP) have until close of business on Nov. 1, 2011, to sign up in order to receive a 2012 TTPP payment. The TTPP, also known as the "tobacco buy-out," provides payments to eligible tobacco quota holders and producers from 2005-2014...
Farm storage facility loans available (09/19/11)
The Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program allows producers of eligible commodities to obtain low-interest financing to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities. The maximum principal amount of a loan through FSFL is $500,000. Participants are required to provide a minimum down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a loan for the remaining 85 percent of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment. ...
End Rows for Sept. 14 (09/16/11)
September interest rates Interest rates for loans approved in September are: 2012 Crop Marketing Assistance Loans (unchanged from August) --1.125% Farm Storage Facility Loans (down from August) --7-year -- 1.875% --10-year -- 2.500% --12-year -- 2.875 %...
Foreign landowner reporting requirements (08/29/11)
The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act requires all foreign owners of US agricultural land to report their holding to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Farm Service Agency administers this program for USDA.
End Rows for Aug. 23, 2011 (08/22/11)
Producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) need to apply soon. The sales closing date for many crops is in September. September 1 is the closing date for greens, value loss crops, and controlled environment crops...
End Rows for July 19, 2011 (07/20/11)
Marketing authorizations Producers with farm-stored grain under loan with Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) must repay the loan before the grain is removed from the bin. However, if the sale proceeds are needed to repay the loan, then producers can get a marketing authorization prior to moving the grain...
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Marketing authorizations Producers with farm-stored grain under loan with Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) must repay the loan before the grain is removed from the bin. However, if the sale proceeds are needed to repay the loan, then producers can get a marketing authorization prior to moving the grain...
End Rows for July 12, 2011 (07/13/11)
SURE program for 2009 crop year The Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) Program provides assistance to producers who have suffered an overall revenue loss due to disaster conditions. Because the calculations are based on the national average market price, applications cannot be processed until the end of the crop marketing year...
Notice to Hispanic or women farmers and ranchers (07/05/11)
Notice to hispanic or women farmers and ranchers If you believe that the United States Department of Agriculture improperly denied farm loan benefits to you between 1981 and 2000 because you are Hispanic or because you are female, you may be able to apply for compensation...
End Rows for June 28, 2011 (06/29/11)
Report small grains by June 30 June 30th is the deadline to report wheat and other small grains. Those with crop insurance will need to report to their agents by July 15th. FSA's reporting deadline for all other crops is July 31. Because July 31st falls on a Sunday this year, the deadline is extended to the next business day, or August 1...
End Rows for June 21, 2011 (06/22/11)
When changes in farm ownership or operation take place, a farm reconstitution is necessary. The reconstitution -- or recon -- is the process of combining or dividing farms or tracts of land based on the farming operation. Remember, to be effective for the current year, recons must be requested by August 1...