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

June 2019

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Topics for June

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:
July 4, 2019 – Offices Closed for Independence Day
August 1, 2019 – 2020 NAP Application Closing Date – Strawberries, Onions


A Message from the State Executive Director

After one of the wettest winters I can remember, I would have never thought we would reach drought conditions throughout much of South Carolina but here we are. 

I am thankful for the rain we have received over the last few weeks.  It has certainly helped with forages and pastures, and allowed many of you to resume planting soybeans, cotton, and peanuts.  Unfortunately, the rain came too late to save dryland corn in many areas of our state.  For those of you who were impacted by this extreme weather, we have loan programs and other assistance programs available that may be a tool to assist. Please contact your local FSA office for more information.

Stay safe and please let me know if I can help you in any way.

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 fsa.usda.gov/dmc-tool. For DMC sign up, eligibility and related program information, visit fsa.usda.gov or contact your local USDA Service Center.