Florida FSA - Apr 3-5 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Advisory Committee Meeting

March 28, 2018

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Apr 3-5 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Advisory Committee Meeting

The USDA Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers will be holding a public meeting next week (Apr 3-5) in Tampa, FL.  This Committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture on matters broadly affecting new farmers and ranchers including strategies, policies, and programs that will enhance opportunities and create new farming and ranching operations.

The Committee is preparing to form its final set of recommendations to the Department, and plans to discuss the following topics:  marketplace, monitoring and evaluation, partnerships, and military veteran farmers and ranchers.

As they deliberate, they are also interested in hearing directly from beginning farmers and organizations on the experiences, pathways, and challenges for beginning farmers. 

This meeting will be held at the Tampa Marriott Westshore, 1001 N Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33607. You may reach the hotel directly on (813) 287-2555 or visit: www.marriott.com/​tpawe

A listen-only conference call line will be available for all who wish to listen in on the proceeding by phone at: (888) 455-1685 and passcode 7087935.

 A portion of the meeting each day will be devoted to public comment. Individuals may also submit comments in advance by Thursday March 29 to kenya.nicholas@osec.usda.gov

New NAP Policy Approved by the STC

The Florida STC determined that anyone who has filed a Notice of Loss for two consecutive years is subject to Growing Season Inspection (GSI) for the current crop year.  Farmers impacted by the policy have 10 days from the last day of planting their NAP crop to make an acreage report with the local FSA Office.  COC’s are instructed to deny all requests for NOL for anyone who fails to comply with the policy.  The COC’s shall cite the following CFR Part 1437.10 and FSA Handbook 1-NAP par 51A as the authority to deny benefits. 

Acreage devoted to value loss crops is subject to GSI however, it is not subject to the 10 day acreage reporting rule.

NOTE:  For 2018 only, farmers who have already completed planting their NAP crops and are impacted by this policy have 10 days from notification of the policy to report their acreages.

Please contact your local FSA Office.