Agriculture

Wed
05
Apr

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremey Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15 - August 1: Primary Nesting Season - No Mid-Contract Management Activities on CRP acres   
• May 31 - Marketing Assistance Loans for Prior Year Harvested Corn and soybeans
• August 1 - ARC/PLC Sign-up

Breaking New Ground
Agricultural producers are reminded to consult with FSA and NRCS before breaking out new ground for production purposes. Doing so without prior authorization may put a producer’s federal farm program benefits in jeopardy. This is especially true for land that is determined to be highly erodible (HEL) or is considered wetlands and are subject to the HELC or Wetland Conservation provisions.

Producers with HEL determined soils are required to apply tillage, crop residue and rotational requirements as specified in their conservation plan.

Wed
29
Mar

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• August 1 - ARC/PLC Sign-up
• May 31 - Marketing Assistance Loans for Prior Year Harvested Corn and soybeans:
• May 15 - August 2: Primary Nesting Season.  No Mid-Contract Management Activities on CRP acres   

CRP Mid-Contract Management
We would like to remind CRP producers who have Mid-Contract Management (MCM) scheduled for 2017 that the activity must be completed by May 14, 2017. Upon completion of the MCM activities, you will need to notify the FSA office that MCM has been completed by signing the FSA-848B form and providing acceptable evidence of the practice completion to determine proper cost share payment. Cost share for MCM is 50% Not to Exceed the per acre rate established for each MCM activity.

Wed
29
Mar

Apply for farm recognition

Farm owners can apply for the 2017 Century and Heritage Farm Program. Applications are available at www.IowaAgriculture.gov by clicking on the Century Farm or Heritage Farm link under “Hot Topics.” Applications may also be requested from Coordinator Becky Lorenz via phone at 515-281-3645, email at Becky.Lorenz@IowaAgriculture.gov no later than June 1, 2017.
 

Wed
29
Mar

Cover Crop and Manure Field Day set for April 6

The Allamakee SWCD will be hosting a Cover Crop and Manure Field Day on Thursday, April 6 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  We will meet at the Scott Ness Farm, 1509 Family Lane, Waterville, IA and then drive to at least 2 additional sites in the county.  We will show cover crops that were established by broadcasting or drilling in the fall.  Manure was injected or broadcast before or after cover crop planting, depending on the site.  You’ll be able to see that cover crops and manure can work well together and learn from the local NRCS agronomist, SWCD project coordinator, and other producers.  No RSVP is required.  In the event of inclement weather, an announcement will be made on KNEI as well as the Allamakee SWCD website at allamakeeswcd.org.  If you have questions, please email Sara Berges at sara.berges@ia.nacdnet.net or call 563-568-2246 ext. 3. 
 

Wed
22
Mar

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• ARC/PLC Sign-up: August 1
• Marketing Assistance Loans for Prior Year Harvested: Wheat, barley, honey, oats - March 31; Corn, soybeans - May 31   

Wed
15
Mar

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Payment Limitations by Program
The 2014 Farm Bill established a maximum dollar amount for each program that can be received annually, directly or indirectly, by each person or legal entity. Payment limitations vary by program for 2014 through 2018.

Below is an overview of payment limitations by program.

Commodity and Price Support Programs
The annual limitation for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) and Market Loan Gains is $125,000 each.

Conservation Programs
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payment and incentive payment is limited to $50,000. CRP contracts approved before Oct. 1, 2008, may exceed the limitation, subject to payment limitation rules in effect on the date of contract approval.

Wed
15
Mar

Northey: Funds available for conservation research and demonstration projects

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced the State Soil Conservation Committee Research and Demonstration Fund has assistance available for research, education or demonstration projects focused on reducing nonpoint pollution. Funds are available to collaborative teams of scientists, farmers, institutions, soil and water conservation districts and educators.

Applications must be submitted to the State Soil Conservation Committee by May 19, 2017. A July 1 start date for selected projects is anticipated.

“Projects should be focused on sustaining and improving the environmental quality of our soil and water. We all recognize that we still have a lot to learn about protecting and improving our soils and water, and these funds are targeted towards projects that will improve their sustainability,” Northey said.

Wed
15
Mar

Reminder: Grants available to help promote specialty crops

Groups promoting fruits and vegetables, nuts and flowers encouraged to comment on program priorities, consider applying for funds

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today reminded Iowans that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting applications for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa.

The Iowa Specialty Crop Block Grant Program has been allocated $282,032.76 for 2017 from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service that administers the program.

Wed
15
Mar

Apply now for Century and Heritage Farms

Eligible farm owners are encouraged to apply for the 2017 Century and Heritage Farm Program. Applications are available on the Department’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov or may also be requested from Becky Lorenz, Coordinator of the Century and Heritage Farm Program via phone at 515-281-3645 or by email at Becky.Lorenz@IowaAgriculture.gov. The ceremony to recognize the 2017 Century and Heritage Farms is scheduled to be held at the Iowa State Fair Thursday, August 17 in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion.
 

Wed
08
Mar

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

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