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USDA News Keeping you informed

The 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 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

SEPTEMBER 30: LAST DAY TO GRAZE CRP

OCTOBER 9:  OFFICE CLOSED FOR COLUMBUS/NATIVE AMERICAN DAY

OCTOBER 10: REPORT NUMBER OF ACRES GRAZED CRP-118 SIGNED BY OWNERS

NOVEMBER 1: DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR ELAP & NAP

NOVEMBER 15: FALL SEEDED AND PERENNIAL CROPS ACREAGE REPORTING DEADLINE

NOVEMBER 23: OFFICE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

JANUARY 30: LAST DAY TO FILE CCC 853 LIVESTOCK FORAGE APPLICATION WITH SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

NAP NOTICE OF LOSS

Producers with NAP coverage are required to complete a Notice of Loss for crop acreage including all grasses within 15 days of an eligible adverse weather event or when the loss becomes apparent.  Only those acres which you have reported and certified to FSA are eligible for NAP coverage.

LIVESTOCK FORAGE PROGRAM

We are conducting LFP signup by appointment only.  Please call the local FSA office for an appointment.  Deadline to apply is January 30, 2018.

2018 Acreage Reporting

November 15 is the final day to report “certify” your Fall Seeded Crops and your perennial forage (grass, mixed forage, alfalfa). You must contact the FSA Office by November 15th to schedule an appointment.  If you fail to do so, Late Filed Fees will apply. If you add land, (lease or purchase) after November 15, you have 30 days from the date of the lease or purchase to report these acres without paying Late Filed Fees on Fall Seeded or Perennial Crops.

Hay Net

Hay Net is an internet-based Hay and Grazing Net Ad Service allowing farmers and ranchers to share ‘Need Hay’ ads and ‘Have Hay’ ads online. Farmers also can use another feature to post advertisements for grazing land, specifically ads announcing the availability of grazing land or ads requesting a need for land to graze. www.fsa.usda.gov/haynet.

Hay Net is brought to you by FSA as a public service. The sole purpose of this online resource is to provide a site for the exchange of information. FSA does not endorse, guarantee, or otherwise make representations of any kind regarding any user of this site and FSA is not responsible for defining the terms of grazing agreements or lease contracts.

For more information about Hay Net and other FSA services and programs, please contact your local FSA office.  For local FSA Service Center contact information, please visit: offices.usda.gov.

Annual Review of Payment Eligibility for New Crop Year

All participants of FSA programs who request program benefits are required to submit a completed CCC-902 (Farming Operation Plan) and CCC-941 Average Gross Income (AGI) Certification and Consent to Disclosure of Tax Information to be considered for payment eligibility and payment limitation applicable for the program benefits.

Participants are not required to annually submit new CCC-902s for payment eligibility and payment limitation purposes unless a change in the farming operation occurs that may affect the determination of record.

A valid CCC-902 filed by the participant is considered to be a continuous certification used for all payment eligibility and payment limitation determinations applicable for the program benefits requested.

Participants are responsible for ensuring that all CCC-902 and CCC-941 and related forms on file in the county Office are correct at all times.

Participants are required to timely notify the county office of any changes in the farming operation that may affect the determination of record by filing a new or updated CCC-902 as applicable.      

Changes that may require a NEW determination include, but are not limited to, a change of:

• Shares of a contract, which may reflect:

-A land lease from cash rent to share rent

-A land lease from share rent to cash rent (subject to the cash rent tenant rule)

-A modification of a variable/fixed bushel-rent arrangement

• The size of the producer’s farming operation by the addition or reduction of cropland that may affect the application of a cropland factor

• The structure of the farming operation, including any change to a member’s share

• The contribution of farm inputs of capital, land, equipment, active personal labor, and/or active personal management

• Farming interests not previously disclosed on CCC-902 including the farming interests of a spouse or minor child

• Financial status that may affect the 3-year average for the determination of average AGI or other changes that affects eligibility under the average adjusted gross income limitations.

Participants are encouraged to file or review these forms within the deadlines established for each applicable program for which program benefits are being requested.

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).