USDA Update – February 9, 2021 | Kiowa County Press


  • CLOSED SERVICE CENTER: Monday February 15, 2021 – Observation of the President’s Day
  • Registration for ARCPLC 2021 – deadline March 15, 2021
  • ARCPLC DECISION WEBINAR – February 16, 2021
  • CRP General CRP registration # 56 – Extended indefinitely

Disclaimer: The information in this UPDATE relates to the Kiowa County FSA only. Producers reading this who have no interest in FSA in Kiowa County are encouraged to contact their local FSA office.



All USDA service centers will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2021 for President’s Day. The service centers will reopen on Tuesday February 16, 2021.


USDA announced on Friday, February 5, 2021 the general listing for CRP # 56 – the official notification reads:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) extends the Conservation reserve program (CRP) General registration period, which was previously announced to end on February 12, 2021. USDA will continue to accept offers as it will take this opportunity for the incoming administration to assess ways to increase registrations . Under the previous administration, incentives and rental payment rates were reduced, resulting in a listing shortfall of over 4 million acres. The program, administered by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides annual rent payments for 10 to 15 years for land devoted to conservation, along with other types of payments.

Before the end of the general CRP registration period, producers will have the opportunity to adjust or resubmit their bids to take advantage of planned program improvements.

“The conservation reserve program offers a tremendous opportunity to tackle climate change both by removing marginal cropland and restoring grasslands, wetlands and forests,” said Robert Bonnie, Deputy Chief of Staff, Secretary’s office. “CRP has 35 years of success beyond climate benefits alone, providing income to producers, improving water quality, reducing erosion and supporting wildlife habitat and hunting opportunities and Fishing programs that come with it. By extending this registration period, we will have time to assess and implement changes to get this neglected program back on track. “

As one of the largest private land conservation programs in the United States, CRP provides economic and conservation benefits by removing land from agricultural production. Program successes include:

  • Sequestration in soils and plants of more than 12 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), roughly the same amount that the entire state of Delaware emits each year.
  • Prevent over 2 billion tonnes of soil from being washed away by wind erosion over the life of the acres currently listed.
  • Reduce phosphorus reaching streams by nearly 85 million pounds, nitrogen by nearly 450 million pounds, and sediment by over 160 million tonnes in 2020 alone.
  • Create over 2.3 million acres of restored wetlands while protecting over 177,000 miles of waterways with riparian forests and grass buffers, enough to circle the globe seven times.
  • Establish over half a million acres of dedicated pollinator habitat and nearly 15 million additional acres of various plantings that provide fodder for pollinators.
  • Growing populations of ducks and other game birds, prairie hens and prairie songbirds such as Baird’s Sparrow. The CRP in the Northern Great Plains supports about 8.6% of the grassland bird population.
  • Increase habitat that supports economic opportunities, such as job creation, related to hunting and fishing activities.

This CRP listing gives producers the option to list land for the first time or re-register land under existing contracts that expire September 30, 2021. All interested producers, including those on Indian reserves and lands in trust, are encouraged to contact their local USDA service center for more information.

All USDA service centers are open to business, including those that limit in-person visits or require appointments. All visitors to the service center wishing to do business with the FSA, the natural resource conservation department or any other service center agency should call ahead and make an appointment. Service centers open to appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel, and visitors should adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also required to wear a face cover when visiting. Our program delivery staff will continue to work with our producers by phone, email and using online tools. More information can be found at

NRCS staff have completed field assessments of expired and expired contracts which the office currently knows owners wish to bid on. The FSA office sent the information by mail or email to the contact person on the current or expired contract.

Once growers have reviewed this information, they need to make the following decision regarding each plot to submit an offer.

  • Continue with an offer based on field assessment and total N score
  • Continue with an offer based on a field assessment and ____% lower rental rate for additional EBI points.
  • Will not bid on this flyer.

FSA offices will continue to accept offers on contracts that expire on September 30, 2021. Contracts that have expired and whose established coverage has been maintained as if they were enrolled in the CRP are also eligible. If the ownership has changed on the expired contract after the expiration; the new owner must have owned the land for 12 months before the land can be returned to the CRP. The office will also accept any offer on current cultivated land. Be called back; submitting an offer does not guarantee acceptance.

Currently, what is noted above is the only information that FSA offices are aware of, when more information becomes available it will be shared with producers.

FARM BILL DECISION WEBINAR – there is still time to register

There is still time to register for this webinar and we encourage producers to register. State CSU and FSA employees will host a webinar to assist producers regarding the 2021 ARCPLC election. The webinar will take place on Tuesday February 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Topics to be covered are: ARC / PLC mechanics and ARC limits for fruit and vegetable growers, payment prospects in 2021 for ARC-CO / PLC for major program crops in Colorado, and an update on drought. To register for the webinar, email Brent Young @ [email protected] and a link will be emailed to you to register online for the webinar

Currently, for 2020, PLC payments are projected to be zero for maize and sorghum. Will this trend continue for the 2021 campaign? Last week in the UPDATE it was mentioned that growers must make this decision by March 15, 2021 for farms with qualifying base acreage.

Producers have three options to register.

  • PLC or price loss cover
  • ARC-CO or County of agricultural risk coverage
  • ARC-IC or Agricultural Risk Cover – Individual

Below is a basic comparison of the three available options.

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To register for the webinar, email Brent Young @ [email protected] and a link will be emailed to you to register online for the webinar.


With the recent cold snap and some breeders have started the calving process; it is extremely important to document these losses with photos and records.

Some great tips for following documentation of any loss –

  • images should be time stamped – there are plenty of free phone apps out there – be sure to download one to your phone.
  • Documentation – keep a legible and up-to-date calving record. These daily calendars work well.

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to ranchers for above-normal livestock deaths caused by adverse weather conditions, disease and attacks from animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by law federal.

For losses due to disease, FSA county committees can accept veterinary certifications indicating that livestock deaths were directly related to adverse weather conditions and unpreventable through good animal husbandry and management.

For livestock losses in 2020, you must file a notice within 30 calendar days of the first occurrence of the loss. You must then provide the following supporting documents to your local FSA office no later than 60 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the qualifying loss condition occurred.

  • Proof of death
  • Copy of producer contracts
  • Evidence of normal mortality documentation

The USDA has established normal mortality rates for each type and weight range of eligible cattle, i.e. adult beef cow = 1.5% and non-adult beef cattle (less than 250 pounds) = 3%. These established percentages reflect losses that are considered expected or typical under “normal” conditions.

In addition to filing a notice of loss, you must also submit a payment request by March 1, 2022

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