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

The Corson, Dewey, Meade, Perkins and 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 Calendar deadlines

October 17, 2022: ARC and PLC Sign-up began

November 7, 2022: Ballots mailed for County Committee Elections

November 11, 2022:  USDA Service Center Closed in observance of Veterans Day

November 15, 2022: Deadline to report Fall Seeded Crops

November 24, 2022:  USDA Service Center Closed on observance of Thanksgiving Day

December 5, 2022: Deadline to return County Committee Ballots to FSA Office or postmarked.

December 26, 2022:  USDA Service Center Closed in observance of Christmas.

January 30, 2023:  Deadline to request all ELAP assistance for 2022 Calendar Year losses.

January 30, 2023:  Deadline to request LFP assistance for 2022 Calendar Year losses.

March 15, 2023: 2023 Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Signup-Deadline

Office notes

– Ziebach County FSA is Hiring!: The Farm Service Agency has a Program Technician Vacancy in the Ziebach County FSA Office located in Dupree, SD.  Opening date is November 21, 2022, and the closing date is December 5, 2022.  To view this vacancy announcement please visit www.usajobs.gov.  FSA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.  

– Ziebach County FSA Office Email Address: The Ziebach County FSA Office is asking that all email correspondence be sent to the following address: sddupree-fsa@usda.gov.  The Ziebach County FSA Office has limited staff, and this will ensure that your email is reaching a current Ziebach County FSA Office employee.

– Land Changes: It is the producer’s responsibility to notify your local FSA Office of any land changes and also to provide updated leases.  The FSA Offices are currently administering LFP and NAP and a requirement of each program is that for leased land a current complete lease is on file in the producers name who is requesting benefits.  When you do not provide current, complete leases, Grazing Permits, Pasturing Authorizations, South Dakota School and Public Lands Lease, Forest Service Leases, CCC-855’s etc. to your local FSA office, you risk not getting benefits on those acres; without a current complete lease acres are ineligible for benefits.  

– Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP): Notice of Loss must be filed within 30 days of when the loss is apparent for livestock and farm-raised fish losses.  A Notice of Loss must be file prior to hauling water to livestock, hauling livestock to feed and feed transportation.  Assistance is available for eligible producers to haul water to livestock and livestock to feed and hauling feed above normal.  Water hauling is now available to producers past the end of the grazing season.  Call your local FSA Office for more information.

– Noninsured Assistance Program (NAP): Notice of Loss must be filed within 15 days of when the loss is apparent. Each County Committee is required to establish loss areas prior to the grazing season.  Losses are required to be determined for each established area.  Losses cannot be determined until after the grazing season ends which is October 15, 2022. 

– Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP): Notice of Loss must be filed within 30 days of when the loss is apparent.

– November Interest Rates: (Farm Loan Program Interest Rates: 4.375% – Farm Operating Loans, Direct; 4.500% – Farm Ownership Loans, Direct; 2.500% – Farm Ownership, Joint Financing; 1.500% – Farm Ownership Loans, Beginning Farmer Down Payment) (Farm Storage Facility Loan Program Interest Rates: 4.250% – Farm Storage Facility Loans, 3-Year; 4.125% – Farm Storage Facility Loans, 5-Year; 4.000% – Farm Storage Facility Loans, 7-Year; 3.875% – Farm Storage Facility Loans, 10-Year)

Elections for the 2022 County Committee

Voting is now open for the USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Ziebach County Committee.

It is important that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the USDA. The 2022 election in Ziebach County will be conducted for the representative for Local Administrative Area (LAA), LAA 3 and LAA 4.

County committee members are a critical component of FSA operations. Committees should be comprised of members who reflect the diversity of producers involved in production agriculture in Ziebach County. This means that producers representing underserved groups or communities should be on the committee to speak on behalf of their constituency.

Underserved producers are beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers and landowners and/or operators who have limited resources. Other minority groups including Native American and Alaska Natives; persons under the poverty level, and persons that have disabilities are also considered underserved.

County committee election ballots were mailed to eligible voters beginning November 7, 2022. The last day to return completed ballots to the Ziebach County USDA Service Center is December 5, 2022.

For more information on eligibility to serve on FSA county committees, visit: fsa.usda.gov/elections.

USDA and Three Tribal Nations to enter Historic Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program agreements to support Working Lands Conservation

Three Tribal Nations in the Great Plains are partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help conserve, maintain and improve grassland productivity, reduce soil erosion, and enhance wildlife habitat through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). The Cheyenne River, Oglala and Rosebud Sioux Tribes are entering into CREP agreements with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to enroll eligible grassland, pastureland, and other agricultural lands within the boundaries of their reservations in this conservation program.

These are the first-ever CREP agreements in partnership with Tribal Nations— reflecting priorities and goals of USDA to broaden the scope and reach of its voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs to engage underserved communities. Scott Marlow, FSA’s Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, met with Tribal leaders at the Western Dakota Technical College in Rapid City to highlight the CREP agreements and to discuss the benefits of conservation. Attendees included Tribal chairmen from the Cheyenne River, Oglala, and Rosebud tribes and representatives from the Intertribal Agriculture Council.

“This is a historic milestone for USDA and will substantially bolster our efforts to deploy climate-smart agriculture and conservation in the Great Plains,” Marlow said. “It is vital that programs like CREP are not just available but also accessible to all agricultural communities. These agreements underscore not only our strong commitment to equity, but also the vital contribution Native communities make to our country’s agriculture and conservation efforts.”

CREP is a part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the country’s largest private-land conservation program. CREP leverages federal and non-federal funds to target specific Tribal land, State, regional or nationally significant conservation concerns.

Each CREP agreement authorizes enrollment of:

– Up to 1.5 million acres by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe;

– Up to 1 million acres by the Oglala Sioux Tribe; and

– Up to 600,000 acres by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

How to participate

Through these Tribal CREPs, farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers voluntarily enter into contracts with the federal government for 10-to-15-years, agreeing to maintain an existing vegetative cover of permanent grasses and legumes (Conservation Practice 88), while retaining the right to conduct common grazing practices and operations related to the production of forage and seeding. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance for establishing permanent fencing and livestock watering facilities needed to support livestock grazing.

Only Tribal land, either land owned by the Tribe or owned by a member of the Tribe, are eligible for these projects. FSA will open enrollment in the coming weeks. To learn more and determine eligibility, farmers, ranchers, and producers should contact FSA at their local USDA Service Center.

More information

Currently, CREP has 36 projects in 27 states with more than 860,000 acres enrolled nationally.  Last December, USDA announced improvements to the program as well as additional staffing.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways.  Under the Biden-Harris administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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