Ag Wire: Local county committee election covers northwest Osage County

Farm Service Agency county committee members are an important component of FSA operations and provide a link between the agricultural community and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs, conservation programs, incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities, emergency programs, and eligibility. FSA county committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.

The COC nomination period runs from June 15, 2018, through Aug. 1, 2018. Local Administrative Area No. 2, the northwest portion of Osage County, will be the local election area for 2018.

Osage County USDA will be hosting a county committee election informational meeting at 10 a.m. July 18, 2018, at the USDA Service Center, 115 W. 17th St., Lyndon.

For more information, contact Rachel Roberts-Parker at [email protected], 785-828-4631.

Conservation Reserve Program

Are you mowing your Conservation Reserve Program acres? Did you know mowing is a violation to your contract? Mowing is not authorized on CRP. Any activity on CRP must be pre-approved by the FSA.

CRP’s objective is to cost-effectively assist owners and operators in conserving and improving the nation’s natural resource base, including soil, water and wildlife resources. The program also improves and preserves water quality and enhances fish and wildlife habitat.

CRP is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners. Through CRP, you can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland.

When a producer enrolls into the program, he agrees to maintain the land cover as designed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service standards and specifications. This includes not allowing trees or noxious weeds to be present on the contract acres. Each contract has a conservation plan to which each program participant is to follow.  A management practice is to occur on each contract acre, at least one time during the life of the contract.

There are five different management practices which are producer can complete – prescribed burning, light disking, inter seeding, managed haying, or managed grazing. Failure to complete a management item can result in a violation. Many practices allow cost share to be obtained for the management practice. Each contract is different depending on the practice as to which management practice is allowed.

CRP is not a retirement program for land. The program requires landowners to keep weeds, brush and trees under control. Failure to comply can cause violation, which will lead to penalties. Each year numerous CRP contracts are spot checked for noncompliance issues.

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

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