July Farm Service Agency Newsletter and Updates for South Carolina Farmers and Ranchers

July 2017

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South Carolina Farm Service Agency July Newsletter

South Carolina
Farm Service Agency

1927 Thurmond Mall, Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803.806.3820


State Committee:
Robert Battle, Chairperson
Warren Dixon
Mary Frances Koon
Don Sharp
Tom Trantham

Acting State Executive Director:
W. Jack Nettles

Administrative Officer:
Toni Turner

Farm Programs Chief:
Amy Turner

Acting Farm Loan Programs Chief:
Larry Rogers

Producers can contact their local FSA Office for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

August 1: Nomination Deadline for 2017 COC Elections

August 1: NAP Application Deadline for Onions and Strawberries

August 1: ARCPLC Enrollment Deadline

August 1: Farm Reconstitution Request Deadline

August 15: Acreage Reporting Deadline for Tomatoes (planted 7/1 - 7/15).

Nominations Close Aug. 1 for the 2017 County Committee Elections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages all farmers, ranchers, and FSA program participants to take part in the 2017 County Committee election nomination process.

FSA’s county committees are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA and allow grassroots input and local administration of federal farm programs.

Committee are comprised of locally elected agricultural producers responsible for the fair and equitable administration of FSA farm programs in their counties. Committee members are accountable to the Secretary of Agriculture.  If elected, members become part of a local decision making and farm program delivery process.

A county committee is composed of three to 11 elected members from local administrative areas (LAA). Each member serves a three-year term.  One-third of the seats on these committees are open for election each year.  County committees may have one or more appointed advisors to further represent the local interests of underserved farmers and ranchers.  Underserved producers are beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers and land owners and/or operators who have limited resources. Other minority groups including Native American and Alaska Natives; persons under the poverty level, and persons that have disabilities are also considered underserved.

All nomination forms for the 2017 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA service center by Aug. 1, 2017. For more information on FSA county committee elections and appointments, refer to the FSA fact sheet:   Eligibility to Vote and Hold Office as a COC Member available online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

Deadline to Enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC)

South Carolina Producers Have until Aug. 1 to Enroll in ARC/PLC

Farmers and ranchers have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2017 crop year. These programs trigger financial protections for participating agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues.

Producers have already elected ARC or PLC, but to receive program benefits they must enroll for the 2017 crop year by signing a contract before the Aug. 1 deadline. Please contact your local FSA office to schedule an appointment if you have not yet enrolled.

Covered commodities under the programs 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.

For more program information, contact your local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.