|Thank you for keeping up-to date, and reading another edition of the Terry County news bulletin. The office has several announcements and reminders for our producers. |
– Producers who are planning on planting 2021 spring planted fruits and vegetable crops are reminded that the crop must be the initial crop or an approved double cropping combination in order to be eligible for 2021 NAP. If you have any questions please contact Scott Snodgrass.
– Once you are done planting please contact the Terry County Office so that we can make you an appointment to report your crops by the July 15th, 2021 deadline. Currently the office is only allowed 1 producer in the office at a time, so appointments will fill up fast.
-NRCS is still taking EQIP application for the current physical year. Please contact the District Conservationist Cassie Hayek at 806-891-1131.
-If you have an application in for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) please be aware that ranking deadline is June 18th. Please contact Cassie Hayek to follow up on application status.
FSA Important Dates and Deadlines
June 1st, 2021 – Deadline to make farm changes and operation changes.
July 15th, 2021 – Deadline to report spring planted crops, CRP acreage and grass acreage.
Are you considering breaking out new land or returning expired CRP land to production? If so, please contact your local NRCS office to discuss your conservation compliance options. Certain actions could put you at risk of losing access to USDA programs and benefits. Your local NRCS field office staff has the technical knowledge and expertise to advise you on the myriad of different options for each particular field. Please visit your local NRCS office BEFORE putting a plow in the ground.
|The USDA is extending the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General Signup period, which had previously been announced as ending on Feb. 12, 2021. |
USDA will continue to accept offers as it takes this opportunity for the incoming Administration to evaluate ways to increase enrollment. Under the previous Administration, incentives and rental payment rates were reduced resulting in an enrollment shortfall of over 4 million acres.
The program, administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides annual rental payments for 10 to 15 years for land devoted to conservation purposes, as well as other types of payments. Before the General CRP Signup period ends, producers will have the opportunity to adjust or resubmit their offers to take advantage of planned improvements to the program.
This signup for CRP gives producers an opportunity to enroll land for the first time or re-enroll land under existing contracts that will be expiring Sept. 30, 2021. All interested producers, including those on Indian reservations and with trust lands, are encouraged to contact their local USDA Service Center for more information.
|Farmers and ranchers can use the Farm Loan Discovery Tool on farmgers.gov to find information on USDA farm loans that may best fit their operations.|
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers a variety of loan options to help farmers finance their operations. From buying land to financing the purchase of equipment, FSA loans can help.USDA conducted field research in eight states, gathering input from farmers and FSA farm loan staff to better understand their needs and challenges.
How the Tool Works
Farmers who are looking for financing options to operate a farm or buy land can answer a few simple questions about what they are looking to fund and how much money they need to borrow. After submitting their answers, farmers will receive information on farm loans that best fit their specific needs. The loan application and additional resources also will be provided.
Farmers can download application quick guides that outline what to expect from preparing an application to receiving a loan decision. There are four guides that cover loans to individuals, entities, and youth, as well as information on microloans. The guides include general eligibility requirements and a list of required forms and documentation for each type of loan.
These guides can help farmers prepare before their first USDA service center visit with a loan officer.
Farmers can access the Farm Loan Discovery Tool by visiting farmers.gov/fund and clicking the “Start” button. Follow the prompts and answer five simple questions to receive loan information that is applicable to your agricultural operation. The tool is built to run on any modern browser like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or the Safari browser, and is fully functional on mobile devices. It does not work in Internet Explorer.
In 2018, USDA unveiled farmers.gov, a dynamic, mobile-friendly public website combined with an authenticated portal where farmers will be able to apply for programs, process transactions, and manage accounts.
The Farm Loan Discovery Tool is one of many resources on farmers.gov to help connect farmers to information that can help their operations. Earlier this year, USDA launched the My Financial Information feature, which enables farmers to view their loan information, history, payments, and alerts by logging into the website.USDA is building farmers.gov for farmers, by farmers.
In addition to the interactive farm loan features, the site also offers a Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool. Farmers can visit farmers.gov/recover/disaster-assistance-tool#step-1 to find disaster assistance programs that can help their operation recover from natural disasters.
For more information, contact your Lubbock County USDA Service Center at 806-785-5644 or visit farmers.gov.