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

October 2018

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Topics for October

South Carolina

Farm Service Agency

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


State Executive Director:
Boone Peeler

State Committee:
Anthony Grant, Chairperson
Robert Battle
Bill Sarratt
Landy Weathers
Beth White

Administrative Officer:
Kenn Jameson

Farm Programs Chief:
Amy Turner

Farm Loan Programs Chief:
William Shelley

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

Important Dates and Deadlines:

November 12Offices closed for Veterans Day

November 20 NAP Application Closing Date for Alfalfa, Apples, Blueberries, Caneberries, Figs, Grapes, Grass - All perennial grasses for forage and/or grazing, Honey, Kiwifruit, Lespedeza, Mixed Forage, Nectarines, Peaches (not covered by FCIC), Pears, Pecans, Plums

November 22 Offices closed for Thanksgiving



USDA Offers Secure, Convenient Online Business Options

Farmers, Ranchers and Foresters Encouraged to Sign-In/Sign-Up

Farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers in South Carolina have new online options to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. Through USDA’s new streamlined process producers can now register, track and manage their applications for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and 2017 Wildfires Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) on the secure and convenient  https://www.farmers.gov/sign-in.


MFP and 2017 WHIP are administered by FSA and are currently available on the https://www.farmers.gov/sign-in. To apply and manage their applications online, producers first need to sign up for the Level 2 eAuthentication access.  Enrolling is a two-step process. For producers who do not already have an account can register for an account at www.eauth.usda.gov. After creating the account, customers receive a confirmation email with instructions for identity verification. Identity verification can be completed online or by presenting a government issued photo ID in person at a USDA service center.


In addition to the programs available through the farmers.gov portal, other programs offered by FSA can be managed at the Online Services page with the same eAuthentication credentials.


Individual producers have many options available for conducting business online with USDA agencies including FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA). Online tools such as the NRCS Conservation Client Gateway offer customers added flexibility and a secure web portal to track payments, report completed practices, request assistance, and sign documents. Level 2 eAuthentication access is not yet available for entities, but it is available for individuals.


To learn more about conducting business with USDA online and to locate the nearest USDA service center, visit www.farmers.gov.

Emergency Conservation Program Assistance Available in 6 South Carolina Counties

The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and to implement emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought.

The following counties are eligible for ECP assistance:  Chesterfield, Dillon, Horry, Lee, Marion, and Marlboro.

For land to be eligible, the natural disaster must create new conservation problems that, if untreated, would: