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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  

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

• December 3, 2021 – Deadline to submit Ziebach County Program Technician Application 

• January 30, 2022 – Livestock Forage Program Signup Ends

• January 31, 2021 – ELAP Assistance for Feed Transportation Costs Signup Ends 

USDA offers online tool for Drought-Stricken ranchers to estimate compensation for feed transportation costs 

FSA is accepting applications for feed transportation assistance; ranchers should contact their FSA county office to apply. To simplify the application process, ranchers can print or email payment estimates generated by an online tool for submission to FSA. The deadline to apply for ELAP, including feed transportation costs, for 2021 is Jan. 31, 2022. 

  An online tool is now available to help ranchers document and estimate payments to cover feed transportation costs caused by drought, which are now covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated the program this year to include feed transportation costs as well as lowered the threshold for when assistance for water hauling expenses is available. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin taking applications this fall.  

 The new ELAP Feed Transportation Producer Tool is a Microsoft Excel workbook that enables ranchers to input information specific to their operation to determine an estimated payment. Final payments may vary depending on eligibility.  

 To use the tool, ranchers will need: 

• Number of truckloads for this year. 

• Mileage per truckload this year. 

• Share of feed cost this year (if splitting loads). 

• Number of truckloads you normally haul. 

• Normal mileage per truckload.  

• Share of normal feed cost  

The tool requires Microsoft Excel, and a tutorial video is available.

 

Updates to ELAP 

ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture. ELAP now covers feed transportation costs where grazing and hay resources have been depleted. This includes places where: 

Drought intensity is D2 for eight consecutive weeks as indicated by the U.S. Drought Monitor; or 

Drought intensity is D3 or greater. 

 The tool calculates the estimated payment for feed transportation assistance, but it is not an application.  

ELAP already covers above normal costs for hauling water to livestock in areas where drought intensity is D3 or greater on the drought monitor. FSA is also updating ELAP to also cover water hauling in   areas experiencing D2 for eight consecutive weeks, lowering the threshold for this assistance to be available. Program benefits are retroactive for 2021. 

 

Payment Calculations 

USDA will reimburse eligible ranchers 60% of feed transportation costs above what would have been incurred in a normal year. Producers qualifying as underserved (socially disadvantaged, limited resource, beginning or military veteran) will be reimbursed for 90% of the feed transportation cost above what would have been incurred in a normal year.  

USDA uses a national cost formula to determine reimbursement costs that will not include the first 25 miles and distances exceeding 1,000 transportation miles. The calculation will also exclude the normal cost to transport hay or feed if the producer normally purchases some feed. For 2021, the initial cost formula of $6.60 per mile will be used (before the percentage is applied).  

 

Eligibility 

To be eligible for ELAP assistance, livestock must be intended for grazing and producers must have incurred feed transportation costs on or after Jan. 1, 2021. Although producers will self-certify losses and expenses to FSA, producers are encouraged to maintain good records and retain receipts and related documentation in the event these documents are requested for review by the local FSA County Committee.  

 

More Drought Recovery Information 

USDA has taken additional steps to assist drought-impacted producers, including: 

• Extending deadlines for crop insurance premium and administrative fees, and deferring interest accrual. 

• Streamlining and accelerating losses and issuance of indemnity payments for crop insurance. 

• Investing $41.8 million through a four-state pilot of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Conservation Incentive Contracts focused on drought practices.  

• Investing $15 million through a block grant to the Klamath Drought Response Agency to provide payments to producers to reduce irrigation demand. 

 USDA offers a comprehensive portfolio of disaster assistance programs.  On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster Assistance-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help producers and landowners determine all program or loan options available for disaster recovery assistance. For details, producers should contact their local USDA Service Center. 

Ziebach County FSA Office is hiring

The Ziebach County Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Dupree is hiring a full time, Program Technician (PT). The deadline to apply is December 3, 2021.

Duties include general office activities supporting FSA programs administered at the field level. Successful applicants must be reliable, have a professional attitude and enjoy working with the public.

If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested, please share this information with them.  For more information or to apply go to USA Jobs 

Applications must be completed through USAJOBs no later than close of business December 3, 2021. 

Contact Jodie Schrempp at 605-365-5179 if you have specific questions regarding the position.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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