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

April 2020

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Topics for April


South Carolina Farm Service Agency

1927 Thurmond Mall
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone:  803.806.3820

www.fsa.usda.gov/sc


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 15: CRP Grasslands Deadline

A Message from South Carolina FSA State Executive Director, Boone Peeler

Greetings!

We know farmers are resilient and the Farm Service Agency in South Carolina will continue to deliver the disaster assistance, safety net, farm loan and conservation programs that keep American agriculture in business today and long into the future.

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. This legislation includes $48.9 billion for USDA agencies and the Food and Drug Administration to continue to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

The CARES Act contains $9.5 billion in assistance for agriculture producers who have been impacted by COVID-19 along with a $14 billion replenishment to the Commodity Credit Corporation. In addition, the legislation includes $100 million in ReConnect grants to expand access to broadband in rural America for educational purposes, business, and access to critical telehealth services.

We are swiftly evaluating the authorities granted under the CARES Act and will leverage our programs to alleviate disruption as necessary. For the latest updates on the CARES Act, and other Frequently Asked Questions, visit usda.gov/coronavirus.

USDA is actively monitoring all agriculture commodity markets during the COVID-19 National Emergency. The U.S. food supply chain remains safe and secure and we are committed to ensuring America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers get through this pandemic.

Our USDA Service Centers in South Carolina will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our producers by phone and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the Farm Service Agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment.

I also encourage you to visit farmers.gov/coronavirus to keep up-to-date on temporary program flexibilities available as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boone Peeler
State Executive Director