Pueblo County Colorado March 2013 Newsletter

March 2013

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Pueblo County FSA Updates

DEAR PRODUCERS: Welcome to the new GovDelivery bulletins and updates service from your Pueblo County FSA office. Note that you are welcome to request to receive bulletins from more than one state and/or county and can add or remove individual subscriptions at any time.  


Pueblo County FSA Office

200 S. Santa Fe Ave, 4th Floor
Pueblo, CO  81003

Phone: 719-543-8386


County Executive DIrector:
Brent Fillmore

Program Technicians:
Linda Myers

Julie McCullar

Farm Loan Officer

Davina Willbanks

Farm Loan Technician

Rhonda Dionisio

 

Selected Interest Rates for

March  2013

90-Day Treasury Bill

.125%

Farm Operating Loans — Direct

1.25%

Farm Ownership Loans — Direct

3.25%

Farm Ownership Loans — Direct Down Payment, Beginning Farmer or Rancher

1.50%

Emergency Loans

2.25%

Farm Storage Facility Loans

(7 years)

1.375%

Commodity Loans

1.125%

CRP SIGN-UP

USDA will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. CRP protects the nation's natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States.

Currently, about 27 million acres are enrolled in CRP. Producers that are accepted in the sign-up can receive cost-share assistance to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers and receive an annual rental payment for the length of the contract (10-15 years).

Contracts on 3.3 million acres of CRP are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2013. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.

For more information on CRP and other FSA programs, visit a local FSA service center or www.fsa.usda.gov.


HISPANIC AND WOMEN FARMER AND RANCHER CLAIMS PERIOD ENDS MARCH 25

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminds Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades that the filing period closes March 25, 2013.

USDA urges potential claimants to contact the Claims Administrator for information and mail their claim packages on or before March 25, 2013.

The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher who can prove that USDA denied his or her application for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000. As announced in February 2011, the voluntary claims process will make available at least $1.33 billion for cash awards and tax relief payments, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers. There are no filing fees to participate in the program.

Claimants may register for a claims package by calling the telephone number below Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time or by downloading the forms from the website.

Website: www.farmerclaims.gov

Phone: 1-888-508-4429

Claims Period: September 24, 2012 - March 25, 2013.

Independent legal services companies will administer the claims process and adjudicate the claims. Although there are no filing fees to participate and a lawyer is not required to participate in the claims process, persons seeking legal advice may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider.