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U.S. Department of Agriculture/Farm Service Agency News


The Corson, Dewey, Meade, Perkins & Ziebach County FSA offices would like to keep you informed of the following items important to USDA programs.  If you have any questions, please contact the following offices at:

• Corson County FSA: 605-273-4506 Ext. 2

• Dewey County FSA: 605- 865-3522 Ext. 2 

• Meade County FSA: 605-347-4952 Ext. 2

• Perkins County FSA: 605-244-5222 Ext. 2 

• Ziebach County FSA: 605- 365-5179 Ext. 2.

FSA County Offices are open for business by Phone Appointment Only! The service center remains closed for visitors, but we will continue to work with producers by Phone and Digital Tools Like Microsoft Teams, Box and One Span and emails. 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

NOTICE OF LOSS:  REPORT LOSS WITHIN 15 DAYS OF OCCURRENCE ALL CROPS AND GRASSES

LIVESTOCK LOSSES:  FILE NOTICE OF LOSS THE EARLIER OF 30 CALENDAR DAYS OF WHEN THE LOSS WAS APPARENT  

October 15, 2021 – End of the Grazing Period in South Dakota

October 30, 2021 – Last day to file a 2021 Notice of Loss (Grazing Notices of Loss are not required)

November 1, 2021 – County Committee Election Ballots to be mailed

November 11, 2021 – USDA Service Center closed in observance of Veterans Day

November 15, 2021 – Final Date to timely report Fall seeded crops 

January 30, 2022 – Livestock Forage Program Signup Ends

USDA expands Farmers.gov to include farm records 

Producers with farmers.gov accounts can now access farm records and maps online, the latest self-service feature added to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. 

You can quickly and easily access your land information in real time by desktop computer, tablet or phone. Capabilities include:

• View, print and export detailed farm records such as cropland, base acres, yields, CRP acres, land ownership details, and much more; 

• View, print and export farm/tract maps that can be provided to lenders, chemical or fertilizer providers, and FSA for reporting acreage and crop insurance agents; and

• Export common land unit (field) boundaries as ESRI shapefiles.

 The ability to access these records on demand without a visit to the service center saves you time and money. 

Farmers.gov now includes the most popular functionalities from FSAFarm+, the FSA portal for producers, while providing enhanced functionality and an improved user experience. A new enhancement expands the scope of accessibility to include farmers and ranchers who are members of an entity, as well as people with a power of attorney form (FSA-211) on file with FSA. 

Managing USDA business online

Using farmers.gov, producers, entities and those acting on their behalf can also: 

• View, upload, download, and e-sign conservation documents.

• Request financial assistance, including submitting a program application.

• View and submit conservation requests.

• View technical references and submit questions.

• Access information on current and past conservation practices, plans and contracts.

• Report practice completion and request practice certification.

• View farm loan and interest information (producers only).

Future plans include adding the ability to import and view other shapefiles, such as precision agriculture planting boundaries.

To access your information, you’ll will need a USDA eAuth account to login to farmers.gov. After obtaining an eAuth account, producers should visit farmers.gov and sign into the site’s authenticated portal via the Sign In/Sign Up link at the top right of the website. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge are the recommended browsers to access the feature. 

In addition to the self-service features available by logging into farmers.gov, the website also has ample information on USDA programs, including pandemic assistance, farm loans, disaster assistance, conservation programs and crop insurance. Recently, USDA updated the navigation and organization of the site as well as added some new webpages, including “Get Involved,” “Common Forms,” and “Translations.” Learn more about these changes..

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write:  USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (866) 632-9992 or (toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

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