Hello fellow Terry County Farmers and Ranchers,
Thank you for reading another edition of our monthly newsletter. We have several upcoming deadlines and several programs going on, so please read each bullet carefully.
- Terry County is eligible for WHIP+ disaster payments for the 2018 crop year. At this time, an individual or entity is eligible if a crop loss due to drought, heat or high wind was filed with insurance in the 2018 crop year. WHIP+ signup is ongoing with no deadline at this time. The county office is creating a register list for producers interested in signing up for the program. If you have farms administered in the Terry county office, please contact us and we can place you on the WHIP+ register list. When we get to your name on the list, we will call you to set up an appointment. This program is very complex with the amount of data to review and the amount of data entries required, therefore we are being very careful with implementing this program, We apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience in implementing this program to our county. We are trying to diminish the possibility of producers being overpaid.
- Terry County is working on 2020 Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This program helps producers who’s crop markets were effected by the Coronavirus. Several crops and livestock types are eligible for assistance. Please contract the county office for more information, deadline to sign-up is August 28, 2020.
- Emergency CRP grazing has triggered in Terry County due to a drought monitor designation of D2. Please contact Rena McNiel if you would like more information. We must have all paperwork completed before livestock can begin grazing on CRP. The CRP Grazing period ends September 30th, 2020.
- Terry County has triggered for 2020 LFP (Livestock Forage Program). LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses due to drought. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Scott Snodgrass at 806-637-7666 Ext 100.
August 28, 2020– Deadline to sign-up for CFP
September 30, 2020– 2020 Yield update deadline
September 30, 2020– Emergency Grazing of CRP ends.
January 31, 2020– Deadline to submit an application for 2020 LFP.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has already approved more than $545 million in payments to producers who have applied for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. FSA began taking applications May 26, and the agency has received over 86,000 applications for this important relief program.
In the first six days of the application period, FSA has already made payments to more than 35,000 producers. Out of the gate, the top five states for CFAP payments are Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and South Dakota. USDA has released data on application progress and program payments and will release further updates each Monday at 2:00pm ET. The report can be viewed at farmers.gov/cfap.
FSA will accept applications through August 28, 2020. Through CFAP, USDA is making available $16 billion in financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production, and disruptions to shipping patterns and the orderly marketing of commodities.
In order to do this, producers will receive 80 percent of their maximum total payment upon approval of the application. The remaining portion of the payment, not to exceed the payment limit, will be paid at a later date nationwide, as funds remain available.
Getting Help from FSA
New customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer general assistance. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages the team at the FSA county office at their local USDA Service Center.
Producers can download the CFAP application and other eligibility forms from farmers.gov/cfap. Also, on that webpage, producers can find a payment calculator to help producers identify sales and inventory records needed to apply and calculate potential payments. Producers self-certify their records when applying for CFAP and that documentation is not submitted with the application. However, producers may be asked for their documentation to support the certification of eligible commodities, so producers should retain the information used to complete their application.
Those who use the online calculator tool will be able to print a pre-filled CFAP application, sign it, and submit it to your local FSA office either electronically or via hand delivery through an office drop box. Please contact your local office to determine the preferred delivery method for your local office. Team members at FSA county offices will be able to answer detailed questions and help producers apply quickly and efficiently through phone and online tools. Find contact information for your local office at farmers.gov/cfap.
FSA has been working with stakeholder groups to provide further clarification to producers on the CFAP program. For example, the agency has published a matrix of common marketing contracts that impact eligibility for non-specialty crops and has provided a table that crosswalks common livestock terms to CFAP cattle categories. Updated information can be found in the frequently asked questions section of the CFAP website.
To find the latest information on CFAP, visit farmers.gov/CFAP or call 877-508-8364.
Producers in Name County are eligible to apply for 2020 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) benefits on native pasture, improved pasture, forage sorghum.
LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffer grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately owned or cash leased land or fire on federally managed land.
County committees can only accept LFP applications after notification is received by the National Office of qualifying drought or if a federal agency prohibits producers from grazing normal permitted livestock on federally managed lands due to qualifying fire. Eligible livestock producers must complete a CCC-853 and the required supporting documentation no later than January 31, 2021, for 2020 losses.
Additional Information about LFP, including eligible livestock and fire criteria, is available at your local FSA office or online at: www.fsa.usda.gov.