Danny Consenstein, SED
Alaska State Farm Service Agency
800 West Evergreen Ave., Suite 216
Palmer, AK 99645
USDA Provides Funds to Geographically Disadvantaged Agricultural Producers Announces Enrollment for 2016
Program helps offset transportation costs for farmers and ranchers outside the contiguous U.S.
USDA will issue payments to agricultural producers enrolled in the Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program (RTCP) for fiscal year 2015. USDA will provide $1.9 million nationally to help offset transportation costs for geographically disadvantaged producers.
The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized the program, which allows farmers and ranchers in Alaska, Hawaii and insular areas including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau and the Virgin Islands of the United States to recover transportation costs.
Payments are calculated based on the costs incurred for transportation of the agricultural commodity or inputs, subject to an $8,000 limit per producer per federal fiscal year. The payments are scheduled to begin June 10, 2016.
Enrollment for fiscal year 2016 will begin on July 18, 2016, and end on Sept. 9, 2016. Applicants must submit their application to their administrative county FSA Office by Sept. 9, 2016. Applicants will have until Nov. 2, 2016, to provide supporting documentation. Payments for fiscal year 2016 will be made once all supporting documentation has been reviewed and approved.
For more information on RTCP, farmers and ranchers in the eligible areas can visit their FSA county office or the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport
. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov
Launching the Celebration – 30 Years of Conservation
2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Conservation Reserve program (CRP) and in recognition of this milestone; FSA has launched a commemorative website. The web address is www.fsa.usda.gov/CRPis30
We hope you’ll visit the site often to take an interactive, cross-country tour and see the nationwide impact of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) unfold virtually over the next several months.
The three-member Northern and Southern County Farm Service Agency committees will meet as announced. We will post a notice on the county office bulletin board and in the newsletter announcing the next scheduled meeting.
McLaren "Mac" Carter, LAA-1
Roger C. Hendry, LAA-2
Robert Green, Chair LAA-3
Rebecca Hammond, SDA
Christine Ford, LAA-1
William Hightower, LAA-2
Pam Lewis, Chair LAA-3
The nomination period for the Northern and Southern FSA county committeebeginson June 15, 2016. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Northern and Southern County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 1, 2016.County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level.To be eligible to serve on the FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the Local Administrative Area (LAA) where they are nominated.All producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate in the nomination and election process.
This year, nominations and elections will be held in the following LAAs:
Northern County LAA-1
LAA-1 Includes the area that encompasses the following areas: North Slope, Northwest Arctic Yukon-Koyukuk and Nome Census areas, as well as the Denali and Fairbanks North Star Borough.
Southern County LAA -2
LAA-2 Includes the municipality of Anchorage, Valdez/Cordova Census area south of Chugach Mtns. Kenai Peninsula Borough north of Kasilof River.
Producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations representing minority and women farmers and ranchers may also nominate candidates. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and more information about county committee elections is available online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections
.Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. County committees consist of three to 11 members. FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 7. Ballots are due back in the Northern and Southern County Office by mail or in person no later than Dec. 5, 2016. All newly elected county committee members and alternates will take office January 1, 2017.
For more information about county committees, please contact the Northern County FSA office at 907-895-4242 and the Southern County FSA office at 907-761-7754 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections
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Are you a farmer or rancher who has substantially participated in a farming operation for at least three but no more than 10 years? Or are you a woman or minority-owned agricultural business? If so, you may qualify for beginning farmer or socially disadvantaged targeted loan funds with the Farm Service Agency. The USDA/Farm Service Agency makes both direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain financing from commercial credit sources. FSA loans can be used to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed and supplies. The loans can also be used to construct buildings or make farm improvements.
If you believe this program could be of benefit to you, please contact the Farm Service Agency Northern County Office at (907) 895-4242 or call (907) 761-7754 to reach the Southern County Office for more information. FSA loan officials will be happy to arrange an appointment to meet with you and discuss your options.
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It is the responsibility of the producer to notify FSA throughout the year of any changes in farming operation or entity status. Please remember to update FSA records if you move or change your mailing address.