South Dakota FSA Newsletter

September 2019

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South Dakota FSA Newsletter


South Dakota
Farm Service Agency

200 4th St. SW, Suite 308
Huron, SD 57350

Phone:  605-352-1160
Fax:  855-243-6003

 

www.fsa.usda.gov/sd

 

State Executive Director:

Paul Shubeck

State Committee:

Mark Gross, Chairman

Tiffani Robertson, Member

Gwen Kitzan, Member

Bill Simonson, Member

Kelsey Ducheneaux, Member


Program Managers:

Jamie White
Executive Officer

Owen Fagerhaug
Conservation/Safety Net

Theresa Skluzacek
Program Delivery/Price Support

LaDonna Hupp
Farm Loan


To find contact information for your local office go to www.fsa.usda.gov/sd

 

USDA Accepting Applications to elp Cover Producers' Costs for Organic Certification

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.

OCCSP received continued support through the 2018 Farm Bill. It provides cost-share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products for the costs of obtaining or maintaining organic certification under the USDA’s National Organic Program. Eligible producers include any certified producers or handlers who have paid organic certification fees to a USDA-accredited certifying agent. Eligible expenses for cost-share reimbursement include application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement and arrangement requirements, travel expenses for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments and postage.

Certified producers and handlers are eligible to receive reimbursement for up to 75 percent of certification costs each year, up to a maximum of $750 per certification scope, including crops, livestock, wild crops, handling and state organic program fees.

More Information

To learn more about organic certification cost share, please visit the OCCSP webpage, view the notice of funds availability on the Federal Register, or contact your FSA county office. To learn more about USDA support for organic agriculture, visit usda.gov/organic.


Beginning Farmer Loans

FSA assists beginning farmers to finance agricultural enterprises. Under these designated farm loan programs, FSA can provide financing to eligible applicants through either direct or guaranteed loans. FSA defines a beginning farmer as a person who:

  • Has operated a farm for not more than 10 years
  • Will materially and substantially participate in the operation of the farm
  • Agrees to participate in a loan assessment, borrower training and financial management program sponsored by FSA
  • Does not own a farm in excess of 30 percent of the county’s average size farm.

Additional program information, loan applications, and other materials are available at your local USDA Service Center.  You may also visit www.fsa.usda.gov.