Hello fellow Terry County Farmers and Ranchers. Thank you for reading another edition of our monthly newsletter.
- The County Office is undergoing continued restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our doors are currently not open to the public. The majority of our staff members are in the office each day to answer the phone and help producers by appointment only. E-mail or US mail will be the go to for acquiring signature on documents. We are all still here to serve the producers, so please give us a call or e-mail if you need anything.
- 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.
- 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.
- The office is not expecting to have any delays on making upcoming 2019 ARC/PLC or CRP annual rental payments. Peanut, wheat, and sorghum base acres will be paid in mid October. Seed cotton payment rates will not be published until the end of October, so seed cotton base acres will be paid in November. CRP annual rental payments will be made throughout the month of October.
January 15, 2021 – Deadline to certify wheat, barley, oats, rye, triticale and grapes
January 31, 2021– Deadline to submit an application for 2020 Livestock Forage Program (LFP)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners. The survey will help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA).
A selection of 28,000 producers will receive the survey over the next few weeks, but all farmers are encouraged to take the survey at farmers.gov/survey.
This survey is part of the President’s Management Agenda. It requires High Impact Service Provider agencies across the federal government, including FSA and NRCS, to conduct annual surveys to measure and respond to areas needing improvement.
The survey consists of 20 questions and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Responses are confidential, and individual responses will be aggregated. The survey will be open for at least six weeks and will be closed once USDA receives a 30% response rate.
Learn more and take the survey at www.farmers.gov/survey.