Florida FSA - Columbia and Union Counties - It's Spring, Don't Forget Your NAP

March 17, 2016

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Columbia-Union County FSA Updates


2304 SW Main Blvd
Suite 103
Lake City, FL 32025  

386-752-8447 Phone 
855-485-0087 Fax   
  
 Hours 
 Monday - Friday
 8:00 am – 4:30 pm     

County Committee            
The County Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for March 31, 2016 at 8:30am.

COC Members:
Ross Terry, Chairperson
Alan Courson Vice-Chairperson
Joshua Smith, Member
Aldine Feagle, Member
Charlie Crawford, Member
Walter Rentz, Advisor

County Office Staff 
Hugh Hunter, County Executive Director 
  
Jim Boyd, Farm Loans
352-372-4668

Jenny Morrison, PT   
Website:  www.fsa.usda.gov

From the Desk of Hugh Hunter, CED

Spring is here and planting has begun.  Producers are reminded to report spring seeded crops by the reporting deadline.  The State Committee determined for all annually planted fruits and vegetables covered by NAP the producer shall report crop acreage within 15 calendar days after the completion of planting for each specific crop type.


Enrollment Period for 2016 USDA Safety Net Coverage Ends Aug. 1

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that producers who chose coverage from the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can visit FSA county offices through Aug. 1, 2016, to sign contracts to enroll in coverage for 2016.  

Although the choice between ARC and PLC is completed and remains in effect through 2018, producers must still enroll their farm by signing a contract each year to receive coverage. 

Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment to enroll. If a farm is not enrolled during the 2016 enrollment period, producers on that farm will not be eligible for financial assistance from the ARC or PLC programs should crop prices or farm revenues fall below the historical price or revenue benchmarks established by the program. 

The two programs were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and offer a safety net to agricultural producers when there is a substantial drop in prices or revenues for covered commodities. Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity. For more details regarding these programs, go to www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc. 

For more information, producers are encouraged to visit their local FSA office. To find a local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.