Ray/Clay County FSA Updates

| August 11, 2017
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Cover Crop Guidelines

Recently the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) worked together to develop consistent, simple and a flexible policy for cover crop practices.

The termination and reporting guidelines were updated for cover crops.

Termination:

The cover crop termination guidelines provide the timeline for terminating cover crops, are based on zones and apply to non-irrigated cropland. To view the zones and additional guidelines visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/landuse/crops/ and click “Cover Crop Termination Guidelines.”

Reporting:

The intended use of cover only will be used to report cover crops. This includes crops

that were terminated by tillage and reported with an intended use code of green manure. An FSA policy change will allow cover crops to be hayed and grazed. Program eligibility for the cover crop that is being hayed or grazed will be determined by each specific program.

If the crop reported as cover only is harvested for any use other than forage or grazing and is not terminated properly, then that crop will no longer be considered a cover crop.

Crops reported with an intended use of cover only will not count toward the total cropland on the farm. In these situations, a subsequent crop will be reported to account for all cropland on the farm.

Cover crops include grasses, legumes, and forbs, for seasonal cover and other conservation purposes. Cover crops are primarily used for erosion control, soil health Improvement, and water quality improvement. The cover crop may be terminated by natural causes, such as frost, or intentionally terminated through chemical application, crimping, rolling, tillage or cutting. A cover crop managed and terminated according to NRCS Cover Crop Termination Guidelines is not considered a crop for crop insurance purposes.

Cover crops can be planted: with no subsequent crop planted, before a subsequent crop, after prevented planting acreage, after a planted crop, or into a standing crop.

For more information about reporting cover crops, contact the Ray/Clay FSA Office in Richmond at 816-776-5861, ext. 2.

Women Landowners in or Near Kansas City, Missouri Invited to Soil Health Conservation Meeting in Lee’s Summit August 24th

Women who live in Missouri and own or manage farmland are invited to a conservation discussion focused on soil health on Thursday, August 24th at the James A. Reed Conservation area, 12405 SE Ranson Rd. in Lee’s Summit. Women non-operator owners who own more than 40 acres, may have inherited farmland, or are feeling overwhelmed with all of the decisions of farmland management will find this event especially helpful.  The meeting includes lunch and will begin promptly at 11:30 and end at 1:30. The time is planned so women can attend over lunch time if they work. The program, sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network, is called Women Caring for the LandSM.

Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for our farmland. Nearly a third of the farmland in the US is currently owned or co-owned by women. Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soil. The informal atmosphere allows discussion with women conservation professionals who can help with landowners’ management goals. Current practices of farming are changing rapidly. Some common practices are harming the land and water, and there are more options available to you than in the past. Conservation practices have been modified or replaced with more holistic options that not only improve soil conditions and other natural resources, but also positively impact rural communities. There is no obligation to pursue any new management style; just come and visit with us.

Space is limited (sorry, no walk-ins). A $10 fee helps defray the cost of lunch. Register at http://www.wfan.org/kc2017 or contact carol@wfan.org or at 641-430-2540.

This meeting is made possible with funding from a Conservation Innovation Grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the McKnight Foundation. Women, Food and Agriculture Network is a non-profit, educational organization formed in 1997 to provide networking, information and leadership development opportunities to women involved in all aspects of sustainable agriculture. Learn more at www.wfan.org, or by calling 515-460-2477.

 

Supervised Credit

Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan programs are considered supervised credit. Unlike loans from a commercial lender, FSA loans are intended to be temporary in nature. Therefore, it is our goal to help you graduate to commercial credit, and our farm loan staff is available to help borrowers through training and credit counseling.

The FSA team will help borrowers identify their goals to ensure financial success. Through this process, FSA staff will advise borrowers in developing strategies and a plan to meet your operation’s goals and graduate to commercial credit. Ultimately, the borrower is responsible for the success of the farming operation, but FSA’s staff will help in an advisory role to provide the tools necessary to help you achieve your operational goals and manage your finances.

For more information on FSA farm loan programs, visit www.fsa.usda.gov

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