Wednesday, March 26, 2014

FSA Newsletter for March

by Casey Toyne, FSA agent

Dates to Remember
April 15, 2014 - Tentative date for Livestock Forage Program and Livestock Indemnity Program enrollment
May 15, 2014 - Final planting date for oats
July 15, 2014 - Final planting date for forage sorghum; final 2014 acreage reporting deadline; production reporting deadline for 2013 NAP crops
August 1, 2014 - Final planting date for forage millet
October 15, 2014 - End of coverage and harvest date for alfalfa, forage millet, and forage sorghum
October 20, 2014 - End of coverage and harvest date for mixed forage
October 31, 2014 - End of coverage and harvest date for oats and triticale

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Farm Bill Opportunity

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Increased Opportunity for Producers as part of New Farm Bill

Farm Loan Program Modifications Create Flexibility for New and Existing Farmers and Ranchers Alike

    WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced increased opportunity for producers as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill.  A fact sheet outlining modifications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Programs is available here.
“Our nation’s farmers and ranchers are the engine of the rural economy. These improvements to our Farm Loan Programs will help a new generation begin farming and grow existing farm operations,” said Secretary Vilsack.  “Today’s announcement represents just one part of a series of investments the new Farm Bill makes in the next generation of agriculture, which is critical to economic growth in communities across the country.”

Thursday, March 20, 2014

NAP Overview

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program Overview
USDA's Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster.

Eligible producers must apply for coverage of noninsurable crops using Form CCC-471, "Application for Coverage," and pay the applicable service fee at the FSA office where their farm records are maintained. The application and service fee must be filed by the application closing date as established by the FSA State Committee.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Highway 71 open

It appears that Hwy 71 is open north of Limon.
Hwy 287 is still closed from Limon to the Oklahoma State line.
As you can see, the intersection at MM 363 is congested. Please avoid the area if possible.

US 287 Northbound / Southbound between Limon and the Oklahoma border (Milemarker 133-1) Closed due to adverse conditions. WB US 287/40 is open from Kit Carson to Limon. Road Closure began March 18th, 2014 at 12:10pm.

Storm Closes local roads

According to CDOT and the following highways are closed at this time:
CO 71 Northbound / Southbound Limon-Brush (Milemarker 102-174) Closed due to accident, no estimated time of re opening. Road Closure began March 18th, 2014 at 12:05pm.
US 287 Northbound / Southbound between Limon and the Oklahoma border (Milemarker 133-1) Closed due to adverse conditions Road Closure began March 18th, 2014 at 12:10pm.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

USDA Enhances Farm Storage Facility Loan Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the expansion of the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers.  The enhanced program includes 22 new categories of eligible equipment for fruit and vegetable producers.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sonnenberg says no!

Sonnenberg says No to Congress

"It is not the right time for me to run for Congress," State Representative Jerry Sonnenberg said today. "It is more important that we have a strong, rural ag voice in the Colorado Senate and that is where I intend to serve."
Sonnenberg's name immediately surfaced as a candidate for the 4th Congressional District when that position became an open seat last week. "I am grateful for all of the support and commitments that I received," he added. "I have no doubt that we could have put a viable campaign team together but this is about where I can do the most good for rural Colorado." Sonnenberg is serving his last year as Representative from the 65th district and had previously announced his candidacy for the Colorado Senate. That Senate district spans over 21,000 square miles and eleven counties, all of which are included in the 4th Congressional District. Currently he is the only farmer in the House of Representatives and is recognized as the voice of experience for agriculture issues on both sides of the isle. Representative Sonnenberg owns and operates a diverse family farm in Logan County raising corn, wheat, millet and cattle. Thank you! Jerry Sonnenberg State Representative

Monday, March 3, 2014

Regional Tournament

2A boys basketball’s regional tournament

Limon Boys will play Holyoke at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7 at the Otero Junior College in LaJunta.

Girls will play Akron at a time to be determined at the Rocky Mountain High School in Ft. Collins. 


Girls will play at 8:30 P.M.