USDA, FSA news – Livestock portion of Farm Bill first to be enacted
New Farm Bill updates
The various programs in new Farm Bill will be implemented in increments over time. The first portion to be implemented will be the Livestock portion, specifically the Livestock Forage and Livestock Indemnity Programs.
Signup for the Livestock programs are slated to start Tuesday, April 15 but as of today, we do not have the handbook, payment rates or all of the forms needed. Signup will end Jan. 30, 2015 so we do have some time to get better answers and more information.
The Livestock Indemnity program will address livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality based on a severe weather event since Oct. 1, 2011 through present. The severe weather events are still being defined for us. The livestock must have dies within 60 days from the end of the severe weather event to be eligible. Drought is not an eligible adverse weather event. The livestock must have been part of a commercial farming operation.
The Livestock Forage Program will address grazing losses from weather events occurring since Oct. 1, 2011. Livestock must have been owned at least 60 days prior to the start of the weather event and drought is a qualifying weather event. Based on the rules and the US Drought Monitor, Pike County will only qualify for 2012 grazing losses. The pay rate has not yet been determined. Thankfully, we did not reach the required drought level in 2011 or 2013.
Signup for the crop portions of the new Farm Bill will be announced at a later date.
More Farm Bill updates or Early Registration
There has been some confusion about the concept of early registration for the new Farm Bill.
We currently do not have the authority to sign up for the crop or CRP portions and are not taking early registrations. What we are encouraging is for producers to make sure our records are up to date for faster processing later. If you have bought or sold land, or changed from an individual to a trust or LLC, or changed banks, or changed from cash to share rent or made any other change, please let us know so we can have our records correct when the time comes to enroll.
New Fax Numbers
Fax numbers have changed.
The new fax number for the FSA staff is now 855-825-4977. The new fax number for NRCS is now 855-825-4978.
With this new process and numbers, when you fax to the FSA office, the fax will be converted to an email sent to all FSA employees. This is intended to reduce response time as it will come to our attention sooner than with the traditional fax machine. It will also allow us to fax an original document without redacting PII data because the new technology automatically encrypts the PII data.
Producers are always welcome to contact the office if you have any questions. You can call 573-324-3313 or stop at the office at 1220 Business 61 South in Bowling Green, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.