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

May 2019

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Topics for May

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:

May 24, 2019 – Final date to apply for NAP Buy-Up Coverage for Crop Year 2019

May 27, 2019 – Offices Closed for Memorial Day
August  1, 2019 – 2020 NAP Application Closing Date – Strawberries, Onions


USDA Announces New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

USDA announced the availability of a new web-based tool – developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

The 2018 Farm Bill authorized DMC, a voluntary risk management program that offers financial protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. It replaces the program previously known as the Margin Protection Program for Dairy. Sign up for this USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) program opens on June 17.

The University of Wisconsin launched the decision support tool in cooperation with FSA and funded through a cooperative agreement with the USDA Office of the Chief Economist. The tool was designed to help producers determine the level of coverage under a variety of conditions that will provide them with the strongest financial safety net. It allows farmers to simplify their coverage level selection by combining operation data and other key variables to calculate coverage needs based on price projections.

The decision tool assists producers with calculating total premiums costs and administrative fees associated with participation in DMC. It also forecasts payments that will be made during the coverage year.

For more information, access the tool at For DMC sign up, eligibility and related program information, visit or contact your local USDA Service Center.


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