Hello fellow Terry County Farmers and Ranchers. Thank you for reading another edition of our monthly newsletter. We have several important updates we’d like to share with you.
2020 USDA FSA County Committee Elections – Vote!
Voting is now open for the 2020 USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee elections. Now Through December 7TH, Terry County producers in administrative area 1, can cast their votes for who will serve on their local FSA committee. Administrative area 1 is located East of Lubbock Highway 62/82 and East of Lamesa Highway 137. The following individuals are running for election:
Richard Cavazos has 40+ years of farming experience. He grows primarily cotton. He was born, raised and currently resides in Meadow, TX. He has been raising goats since 2005. He has served as the superintendent of the Terry County Stock Show for the last 4 years.
Andrew Furlow has been farming for 12 years. He grows cotton, peanuts, pumpkins, watermelons and black eyed peas. He is currently on the Terry County Soil & Water Conservation District board. In 2019, he was awarded Young Farmer of the Year. He is married to Fawn Furlow. They have two daughters together, Corinne and Adelaide.
James Ridenour has been farming & ranching for 10 years. Dr. Jim owns and operates Terry County Veterinary Hospital. He has been selected as chairmen of several regional and local boards throughout his career.
County Committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between agricultural communities across the country and USDA.
Ballots for the 2020 elections will be mailed to eligible voters the week of November 2nd. If you did not receive your ballot by mail, you can request one from you local USDA service center. Ballots must be returned or postmarked no later than December 7th.
For more information, visit FSA.USDA.gov/elections or contact your local FSA office.
Don’t Delay and Vote Today!
- Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP2)
The office is continuing to process applications for CFAP2. Here are the highlights of this program. Row crop growers are paid on crop year 2020 eligible planted acres. The acreage is automatically pulled into our software from the 578 acreage report filed by the producer. It is important to make sure all acres are filed accurately and subsequent crops are reported or late filed. Find below a non-comprehensive list of eligible commodities and the payment rates/acre.
Barley – $15 or producer’s 2020 weighted APH x .63 x .54
Corn – $15 or producer’s 2020 weighted APH x .40 x .58
Cotton, Upland – $15 or producer’s 2020 weighted APH x .46 x .08
Grain Sorghum – $15 or producer’s 2020 weighted APH x .55 x .56
Soybeans – $15 or producer’s 2020 weighted APH x .54 x .58
Sunflowers – $15 or producer’s 2020 weighted APH x .44 x .02
Wheat – $15 or producer’s 2020 weighted APH x .73 x .54
Peanuts – $15
Alfalfa – $15
Cotton, ELS – $15
Guar – $15
Hemp – $15
Millet – $15
Oats – $15
Rye – $15
Triticale – $15Specialty crop growers are paid on combined 2019 sales of raw commodities grown by the producer. The payment is calculated by taking the total 2019 sales dollar amount multiplied by a payment factor ranging from 10.6% – 8.8% depending on what tier range the total sales amount falls into. Find below a non-comprehensive list of eligible specialty crops.
Melon (all types)
Please click the following link for the full list of eligible specialty crops https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/USDASpecialtyCropDefinition.pdfLivestock producers are paid on their highest owned inventory between April 16, 2020 – August 31, 2020. Producers are asked to exclude their breeding stock from the inventory head count.Cattle – $55/head (exclude cows & bulls)
Hogs & Pigs – $23/head (exclude sows & boars)
Sheep – $27/head (exclude ewes & rams)Please call the office if you would like more information or have any questions. A producer or entity will file one application in their respective recording/control county office. If Terry is your control county, call the office and we will place you on our CFAP2 register list.
- 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 serve producers by appointment only. E-mail or US mail will be the go to for acquiring signature on documents. We are here to serve the producers, so please give us a call or e-mail if you need anything.
December 11, 2020 – Deadline to sign up for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2)
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)
March 15, 2021 – Deadline to enroll in ARC/PLC for 2021 crop year
USDA announced that in the first month of the application period, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. CFAP 2 provides agricultural producers with financial assistance to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since CFAP 2 enrollment began on September 21, FSA has approved more than 443,000 applications. The top five states for payments are Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and Kansas. USDA has released a data dashboard on application progress and program payments and will release further updates each Monday at 2:00 p.m. ET. The report can be viewed at farmers.gov/cfap.
Through CFAP 2, USDA is making available up to $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. CFAP 2 is a separate program from the first iteration of CFAP (CFAP 1). Farmers and ranchers who participated in CFAP 1 will not be automatically enrolled and must complete a new application for CFAP 2. FSA will accept CFAP 2 applications through December 11, 2020.
CFAP 2 supports eligible producers of row crops, livestock, specialty crops, dairy, aquaculture, and many other commodities, including many that were ineligible for CFAP 1. FSA’s CFAP 2 Eligible Commodities Finder makes finding eligible commodities and payment rates simple. Access this tool and other resources at farmers.gov/cfap.
Getting Help from FSA
New customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 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.
FSA offers multiple options for producers to apply for CFAP 2. Producers with an eAuthentication account can apply online through the CFAP 2 Application Portal. Also available is a payment calculator and application generator that is an Excel workbook that allows producers to input information specific to their operation to determine estimated payments and populate the application form, which can be printed, signed, and submitted to the local FSA office. Producers can also download the CFAP 2 application and other eligibility forms from farmers.gov/cfap.
Producers of acreage-based commodities will use acreage and yield information provided by FSA through the annual acreage reporting process. Producers have the option to complete their application by working directly with their local FSA staff or online through the CFAP 2 Application Portal.
CFAP 2 is not a loan program, and there is no cost to apply.
To find the latest information on CFAP 2, visit farmers.gov/CFAP or call 877-508-8364.
Set-Aside Delays Loan Payments for Borrowers
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will broaden the use of the Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible, to have their next payment set aside. In some cases, FSA may also set aside a second payment for farmers who have already had one payment set aside because of a prior designated disaster.
FSA direct loan borrowers will receive a letter with the details of the expanded Disaster Set-Aside authorities, which includes the possible set-aside of annual operating loans, as well as explanations of the additional loan servicing options that are available. To discuss or request a loan payment Set-Aside, borrowers should call or email the farm loan staff at their local FSA county office.
The set-aside payment’s due date is moved to the final maturity date of the loan or extended up to twelve months in the case of an annual operating loan. Any principal set-aside will continue to accrue interest until it is repaid. This aims to improve the borrower’s cashflow in the current production cycle.
FSA previously announced it was relaxing the loan-making process and adding flexibilities for servicing direct and guaranteed loans to provide credit to producers in need. Direct loan applicants and borrowers are encouraged to contact their local FSA county office to discuss loan making and servicing flexibilities and other needs or concerns. Customers participating in FSA’s guaranteed loan programs are encouraged to contact their lender. Information on these flexibilities, and office contact information, can be found on farmers.gov/coronavirus.
FSA will be accepting most forms and applications by facsimile or electronic signature. Some services are also available online to customers with an eAuth account, which provides access to the farmers.gov portal where producers can view USDA farm loan information and certain program applications and payments. Customers can track payments, report completed practices, request conservation assistance and electronically sign documents. Customers who do not already have an eAuth account can enroll at farmers.gov/sign-in.
USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only, and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with producers by phone and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.