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Osage County Ag Wire: Primary nesting season restricts CRP fire management activities

Fire management on CRP acres

Landowners who participate in the Conservation Reserve Program are responsible for fire management on their CRP acreage. Fireguard technical practices should be outlined in the Conservation Plan of Operations.

Landowners must complete the necessary management activities outside of the primary nesting season. In Kansas, the primary nesting season is April 15 through July 15. The goal is to suppress the amount of fuel in the event of a wildfire while still promoting the diversity of the conservation cover.

FSA encourages producers to be proactive in preventing the spread of wildfire. Fire management includes installing firebreaks, which should be included in the contract support document and installed according to NRCS firebreak standards.

Barren firebreaks will only be allowed in high-risk areas, such as transportation corridors, rural communities, and adjacent farmsteads. A conservationist must certify that there will not be an erosion hazard from the barren firebreak. If erosion becomes a problem, remedial action will be taken.

Final planting dates

All producers are encouraged to contact the local FSA office for more information on the final planting date for specific crops. The final planting dates vary by crop, planting period and county; contact the local FSA office for a list of county-specific planting deadlines. The timely planting of a crop, by the final planting date, may prevent loss of program benefits.

Changing administrative counties

Producers who wish to transfer their farm records to a different administrative county for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 must file a request no later than Aug. 1, 2016. Restrictions do apply when transferring to an office other than the county in which the land is physically located. Contact the local FSA office for more information.

Farm storage facility loans

FSA’s farm storage facility loan program provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities.

The low-interest funds can be used to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, oats, peanuts, wheat, barley, minor oilseeds harvested as whole grain, pulse crops (lentils, chickpeas and dry peas), hay, honey, renewable biomass, fruits, nuts and vegetables for cold storage facilities, floriculture, hops, maple sap, rye, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, meat and poultry (unprocessed), eggs, and aquaculture (excluding systems that maintain live animals through uptake and discharge of water). Qualified facilities include grain bins, hay barns and cold storage facilities for eligible commodities.

Loans up to $50,000 can be secured by a promissory note or security agreement and some loans between $50,000 and $100,000 will no longer require additional security.

Producers do not need to demonstrate the lack of commercial credit availability to apply. The loans are designed to assist a diverse range of farming operations, including small and mid-sized businesses, new farmers, operations supplying local food and farmers markets, non-traditional farm products, and underserved producers.

To learn more about the FSA Farm Storage Facility Loan, contact the local FSA county office or see www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport.

For more information, visit the Osage County FSA office at 115 W. 17th St., Lyndon, or call 785-828-4631.

Osage County Ag Wire offers information from the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Osage County Conservation District, Frontier Extension District and Osage County Weed Department.

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