Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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USDA News: Keeping you informed

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 Corson County office at 605-273-4506 ext 2, Dewey County office at 865-3522 ext 2, Meade County at 347-4952 ext 2, Perkins at 244-5222 ext 2 or Ziebach County at 365-5179 ext 2.

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

March 16 – CRP Grassland signup begins

March 23 – Whip+ signup begins

March 30 – CRP Soil Health and Income Protection Program SHIPP signup begins

March 31 – deadline to obtain Marketing Assistance Loan on 2019 crop wheat, oats, barley

May 15 – CRP Grassland signup ends

May 31 – deadline to obtain Marketing Assistance Loan on 2019 crop corn, sunflowers, grain sorghum, soybeans

June 30 – Deadline to make 2020 Farm Program (ARC/PLC) election

July 15 – Deadline to report 2020 acreage report

July 15 – Deadline to report 2019 crop production for NAP

August 21 – CRP Soil Health and Income Protection Program SHIPP signup ends

September 30 – Deadline to update PLC yields

*IMPORTANT NOTICE*  THE ZIEBACH COUNTY OFFICE WILL BE SHORT STAFFED MARCH 18, 2020 THROUGH MARCH 24, 2020.  PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, 605-365-5179.

USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands Signup Begins March 16

Farmers and ranchers may apply to enroll grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup beginning March 16. The signup runs through May 15.

Through CRP Grasslands, participants retain the right to conduct common grazing practices, such as haying, mowing or harvesting seed from the enrolled land. Timing of some activities may be restricted by the primary nesting season of birds.

Participants will receive an annual rental payment and may receive up to 50 percent cost-share for establishing approved conservation practices. The duration of the CRP contract is either 10 or 15 years. FSA will rank applications using a number of factors including existence of expiring CRP land, threat of conversion or development, existing grassland, and predominance of native species cover, and cost.

The 2018 Farm Bill set aside 2 million acres for CRP Grassland enrollment. CRP is one of the largest conservation programs at USDA. CRP marks its 35-year anniversary in 2020 with 22 million acres currently enrolled.

For more information or to enroll in CRP Grasslands, contact your local FSA county office or visit fsa.usda.gov/crp. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-locator.

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