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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  

• January 17, 2022 – Service Center Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

• January 30, 2022 – Livestock Forage Program Signup Ends

• January 31, 2022 – ELAP Assistance for Feed Transportation Costs Signup Ends For Transportation Costs incurred above normal from May 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021

• February 25, 2021 – Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program (SMHPP) Signup Deadline

• March 15, 2022- Final date to complete new elections in ARCPLC

• March 15, 2022 – Final date to enroll in ARCPLC

Notify your local FSA Office of any changes to your operation

Contact your local FSA Office if you have had any changes to your farming/ranching operation.  If you have sold land, purchased land, picked up a new lease or lost acreage, please contact your local FSA Office so that your records will be updated prior to program signup.

ELAP Feed Transportation Dates and Deadlines

To be eligible for Feed Transportation assistance the feed transported above normal is eligible.  In Dewey and Ziebach County the feed transported above normal from May 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 is eligible, this date may vary between counties as the eligibility date is based on the same criteria as LFP.  The final date to apply for assistance for 2021 transportation costs is January 31, 2022.

Because of the ongoing drought, feed transported above normal from January 1, 2022 through April 14, 2022 is also eligible.  Feed transported in 2022 would require a separate ELAP application.  

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

 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.

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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