JULY NEWSLETTER - SONOMA - MARIN COUNTY FSA

JULY 2014

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2014 ACREAGE REPORTING DATES

COC NOMINATION DEADLINE

2012 & 2013 ELAP LOSSES MUST BE FILED BY AUG. 1, 2014 FOR HONEYBEE, LIVESTOCK AND FARM-RAISED FISH LOSSES

LIVESTOCK DISASTER ASSISTANCE SIGN-UP UNDERWAY

FILING FOR 2014 NAP LOSSES

SAVE TIME – MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH FSA


Sonoma-Marin County FSA Updates


Sonoma/Marin County FSA Office

NEW ADDRESS!!!

5401 Old Redwood Hwy, Ste 100 Petaluma, CA  94954

Phone: 707-664-8593
Fax: 707-794-7902

County Executive Director:
Lisa V. Velasquez

Farm Loan Officer:
Karri Bartolomei

Program Technician:

Cecilia Medina

Michelle Staub

Next County Committee Meeting:  July  15 at 10:00 am

2014 ACREAGE REPORTING DATES

 In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Sonoma-Marin County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Sonoma/Marin County:

July 15, 2014:                                  Spring Oats, Potatoes(planted 4/21-5/31) 

                                                        Spring Wheat,  all other crops 

September 15, 2014:                       Potatoes(planted 6/11-8/1)

                                                         Strawberries(planted 6/15-8/15) 

December 15, 2014:                         Perennial Forage, Fall Wheat, Mint

                                                          Potatoes(planted 8/2-9/15)

The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.

If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Sonoma-Marin County FSA office at 707-664-8593


COC NOMINATION DEADLINE

The election of agricultural producers to Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees is important to farmers and ranchers.  It is crucial that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

County committee members are a critical component of the operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level.  Farmers and ranchers who serve on county committees help with the decisions necessary to administer the programs in their counties. They work to ensure FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.

FSA county committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws. County committee members apply their judgment and knowledge to make local decisions. 

The COC nomination period runs from June 17, 2014 through August 1, 2014.  The nomination form is available at USDA Service Centers and online. For more information contact your local FSA office.