End Rows for Feb. 11, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

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.

As details become available, the best way to stay up-to-date with the latest farm bill news from FSA will be through FSA eAlerts. Announcements of public informational meetings, sign-ups, and other important information will be issued through text messages and emails via FSA's eAlerts system. If you haven't enrolled, call or stop by the office.

Preparing for 2014 FSA programs

If you have made any changes to your farming operation, now is the time to report them to your administering FSA office.

These changes include:

-- Land sales or purchases

-- Acquire or lose farms to operate

-- Entity changes such as conversion to a Trust, LLC, LP, corporation, or partnership

-- Address, phone, and email

-- Banking, if you're on direct deposit.

-- Reporting these changes now will make program signup easier later.

Women in Ag registration

We are down to 25 seats available for the Eleventh Annual Women in Agriculture Conference on March 14.

Registration fee is $20 per person and you are not considered registered until payment is recieved

If you have not registered yet, call the Saline County SWCD office at 660-886-7447 extension 3 or stop by at 704 N Miami Avenue in Marshall.

New fax number

All Missouri FSA county offices recently changed fax numbers and you may start using these numbers immediately.

While we transition numbers, we will still receive faxes using our old fax numbers for a short period of time.

Remember you may also e-mail documents to the offices if you have a scanner instead of sending a fax.

The new fax number for Saline County FSA is 855-842-7893. The fax number for Saline County NRCS is 855-842-7895.

The email address for Saline County FSA is momarshall-fsa@one.usda.gov.

You may call your local FSA office for their new fax number.

February interest rates

Here are the interest rates for February:

-- Commodity loans - 1.125 percent

-- Farm storage facility loans, seven years - 2.375 percent

-- Farm storage facility loans, 10 years - 3.000 percent

-- Farm storage facility loans, 12 years - 3.125 percent

-- Farm operating loans, Direct - 2.000 percent

-- Farm ownership loans, Direct - 4.250 percent

-- Farm ownership beginning farm - 1.500 percent

-- Farm ownership down payment - .500 percent

-- Emergency loans - 3.000 percent

Holiday hours

USDA Service Centers will be closed Monday, Feb. 17, for Washington's Birthday.

The centers will be open at regular hours from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18.