Ohio FSA State Newsletter, August 2016

August 2016

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Ohio FSA State News and Updates

Ohio Farm Service Agency State Office

200 North High St.
Room 540
Columbus, OH, 43215
Phone: 614-255-2441
FAX: 855-832-5100

State Executive Director:
Steven Maurer

Administrative Officer:
Mimi Garringer

Conservation Chief:
Brandi Koehler

Farm Loan Chief:
David Drake

Price Support Chief:
Carletha Fasching

Production Adjustment, Compliance and Risk Management Chief:
Matt Kleski

State Committee:
Bob Boggs, Chairperson
Bob Cole, member
Bruce Long, member
Jim Rex, member
Jim Zumbrink, member

Visit Ohio FSA website for additional information at:


Please contact your FSA County Office for questions specific to your operation.

USDA Announces Safety Net Assistance for Milk Producers Due to Tightening Dairy Margins

May/June 2016 Average Margins Below $6

USDA announced approximately $11.2 million in financial assistance to American dairy producers enrolled in the 2016 Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). The payment rate for May/June 2016 will be the largest since the program began in 2014. The narrowing margin between milk prices and the cost of feed triggered the payments, as provided for by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Dairy producers should evaluate their enrollment options for 2017, as the enrollment period ends Sept. 30, 2016.

Dairy producers who enrolled at the $6 through $8 margin trigger coverage level will receive payments. MPP-Dairy payments are triggered when the national average margin (the difference between the price of milk and the cost of feed) falls below a level of coverage selected by the dairy producer, ranging from $4 to $8, for a specified consecutive two-month period.  All final USDA prices for milk and feed components required to determine the national average margin for May/June 2016 were released on July 29, 2016.

The national average margin for the May/June 2016 two-month consecutive period is $5.76277 per hundred weight (cwt.).

State specific payment amounts can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy.

To learn more about the Margin Protection Program for dairy, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy or stop by your FSA County office.  Producers may visit www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation.

Farmers Encouraged to Report Crop Losses and Low Yields to FSA

With the continued hot dry weather conditions throughout Ohio, the FSA encourages farmers to document and report crop losses or low crop yields to their local FSA office.

Producers with crops covered by crop insurance and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) must report crop losses resulting from a weather-related disaster event within 15 days of the disaster or when the loss first becomes apparent. Producers of hand-harvested crops and certain perishable crops must notify FSA within 72 hours of when a loss becomes apparent.

Crop losses are acres that were timely planted with the intent to harvest, but the crop failed because of a natural disaster. It is important that producers file accurate and timely loss reports to prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.

Low yield acreage does need to be reported and producers are encouraged to keep good production records on acreage with a low crop yield to document crop losses. In addition, farmers are encouraged to report crop conditions to their county FSA offices so that the information may be used to support the potential request for a disaster declaration.

If you have additional questions about failed crop acreage or crop losses covered by the Non-Insured Assistance Program (NAP) contact your local FSA office.