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

August 2017

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South Carolina Farm Service Agency Newsletter


South Carolina
Farm Service Agency

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

www.fsa.usda.gov/sc


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

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:

September 4: Offices Closed for Labor Day

Elections for the 2017 County Committee

Elections USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) County Committees are underway. 

It is important that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the USDA. The 2017 elections will be conducted for the representative in the following Local Administrative Area (LAA): LAA 1 for all counties in SC and LAA 1 and LAA 4 in Abbeville/Greenwood/McCormick. 

County committee members are a critical component of FSA operations.  Committees should be comprised of members who reflect the diversity of producers involved in production agriculture in the county.  This means that producers representing underserved groups or communities should be on the committee to speak on behalf of their constituency. 

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.

County committee election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters on Nov. 6, 2017.  The last day to return completed ballots to the county USDA service center is Dec. 4, 2017.

For more information on eligibility to serve on FSA county committees, visit: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.


Payments to Deceased Producers

In order to claim a Farm Service Agency (FSA) payment on behalf of a deceased producer, all program conditions for the payment must have been met before the applicable producer’s date of death.

If a producer earned a FSA payment prior to becoming deceased, the following is the order of precedence of the representatives of the producer:

  • administrator or executor of the estate
  • the surviving spouse
  • surviving sons and daughters, including adopted children
  • surviving father and mother
  • surviving brothers and sisters
  • heirs of the deceased person who would be entitled to payment according to the State law