West Virginia Newsletter - June 2015

June 2015

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West Virginia State FSA Newsletter

West Virginia State Farm Service Agency

1550 Earl L. Core Road
Morgantown, WV 26505


State Executive Director:
Richard V. Snuffer II

State Committee:
Marjorie Burke, Chair
G. Warren Mickey
Remington Perkins

Please contact your local FSA Office for questions specific to your operation or county.

Loans Available to Purchase or Improve Farms in West Virginia

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has loan funds available to purchase and/or improve farms in West Virginia.  FSA makes and guarantees loans for family farmers to establish, purchase or expand their farming operation.   Direct loans can be made up to $300,000 and can be combined with other lenders loan funds, if needed.  In general, loan funds can be used to purchase a farm, construct farm buildings, or develop other improvements essential to the farming operation.   Interest rates for the Farm Ownership loans are made at a fixed rate and can be amortized for up to 40 years. This year, Congress allocated a record amount of funding to states to meet the growing needs of our family farmers.  West Virginia was allocated over 14 million dollars to be used in Fiscal Year 2015, which ends September 30.  West Virginia farmers are encouraged to contact their local FSA County office to discuss specific loan eligibility requirements and to obtain assistance in filing an application for these loans.  FSA also makes loans for farm operating purposes for such items as purchase of livestock, farm equipment, and annual farm operating expenses.  

For more information on farm loans or other FSA programs, please visit or contact your local FSA office or visit FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov .  For location of the FSA office serving your county, call 304-284-4800.

Payments available for farm related disasters and losses

As we approach the time of year of frequent lightning strikes, extreme heat situations, and other adverse weather events, please be aware that financial assistance is available to reimburse producers for various farming losses.  Listed below are some of the active disaster assistance programs that FSA offers and provides:

LIP - The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather or attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law.  Livestock death losses include losses due to lightning, extreme heat or cold, hurricanes, floods, winter storms (lasting at least 3 days), blizzards, wildfires, etc.   Deaths caused by eligible animal or avian predator attacks include deaths from wolves, black vultures, eagles, etc.  Coyote attacks are currently ineligible.

Important for 2015:

·         Eligible losses must occur on or after Jan. 1, 2015, and no later than December 31, 2015.

·         For eligible death losses, a notice of loss must be filed with your FSA office within 30 days of when the death of livestock is apparent.

·         For normal mortality deaths, reports may be filed with your FSA office at any time, through January 30, 2016.

·         Participants must request payment and provide the following supporting documentation to their local FSA office no later than January 30, 2016;

o   Proof of death documentation (may also require proof of inventory documentation)

o   Copy of growers contracts, if applicable

o   Proof of normal mortality documentation

USDA has established normal mortality rates for each type and weight range of eligible livestock.  These established percentages reflect annual losses that are considered expected or typical under “normal” conditions.  As an example, WV’s normal mortality percentages include: Adult Beef Cow = 1.5%; Non-Adult Beef Cattle (less than 400 pounds) = 5%.  A full list of established percentages is available at your local FSA office.