01-10-17 USDA Farm Service Agency Offers Text Alerts to Weld County Producers

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USDA Farm Service Agency Offers Text Alerts to Weld County Producers

Subscribers Can Receive Important Program Reminders and Updates

(Greeley, CO) – (01/10/2017) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Jeff Wilson in Weld County announced that farmers and ranchers in Colorado now can receive notifications from their FSA county office through text messages on their cell phone.

“In addition to the free FSA GovDelivery email news, customers now can choose to receive text message alerts from their county office,” said Wilson. “These text messages inform producers of important program deadlines, reporting requirements, outreach events, and updates.”

Whether producers are in the field, on a tractor or even on horseback, this service will enable FSA customers and stakeholders to receive notifications while on the go.

Producers can text COWeld to FSANOW (372-669) to subscribe to text message alerts from Weld County. Standard text messaging rates apply. Contact your wireless carrier for details associated with your particular data plan. Participants may unsubscribe at any time.

To receive GovDelivery email notifications, subscribe online at www.fsa.usda.gov/subscribe or contact the Weld County FSA office for subscription assistance.  Producers can establish subscriber preferences by choosing to receive federal farm program information by topic, by state or by county. Producers can select as many subscriber options as they want, which allows producers who farm in multiple counties or across state lines to receive updates from each county in which they operate or have an interest.

According to Wilson, GovDelivery is a one-stop shop for the most up-to-date USDA program information.

Please contact your local FSA office at (970) 356-8097 if you have questions regarding FSA’s electronic news service or new text message option.

USDA works to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. Since 2009, USDA has provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,700 biobased products through USDA’s BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.

Ag Risk and Price Loss Contract (ARC/PLC) Enrollment and Acreage Maintenance

Producers who have not enrolled for crop year 2017 are encouraged to do so now.  Please call the Weld County FSA to set up an appointment at (970) 356-8097 extension 2.

Approximately 800 of the 1800 farms are enrolled.  Please do not wait until your crops are planted to come in and enroll.  Enroll now and complete all eligibility forms!

Producers enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs must protect all cropland and noncropland acres on the farm from wind and water erosion and noxious weeds. Producers who sign ARC county or individual contracts and PLC contracts agree to effectively control noxious weeds on the farm according to sound agricultural practices.  If a producer fails to take necessary actions to correct a maintenance problem on a farm that is enrolled in ARC or PLC, the County Committee may elect to terminate the contract for the program year.

Contract enrollment also require an annual adjusted gross income certification. ARC/PLC payments will not be paid until all eligible producers, including landowners who share in the crop, have filed a valid CCC-941.  Producers without a valid CCC-941 will not receive payments.

Report Livestock Losses

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to blizzards and extreme cold. Extreme cold for lambs and calves is considered to be extreme when the temperature &/or wind chill is below 10 degrees Fahrenheit for two or more consecutive days.

For 2017, eligible losses must occur on or after Jan. 1, 2017, and no later than 60 calendar days from the ending date of the applicable adverse weather event. A notice of loss must be filed with FSA within 30 days of when the loss of livestock is apparent.  Participants must provide the following supporting documentation to their local FSA office no later than 90 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the eligible loss condition occurred.

  • Proof of death documentation
  • Copy of growers contracts
  • Proof of normal mortality documentation

USDA has established normal mortality rates for each type and weight range of eligible livestock, i.e. lambs = 7% and Non-Adult Beef Cattle (less than 400 pounds) = 4%. These established percentages reflect losses that are considered expected or typical under “normal” conditions. Producers who suffer livestock losses in 2017 must file both of the following:

  • A notice of loss the earlier of 30 calendar days of when the loss was apparent
  • An application for payment by March 31, 2018.

Additional Information about LIP is available at your local FSA office or online at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov.