FSA Announces Final 2008 Direct Payments;
Final 2007 Cotton CC Rate Coming Soon

Friday, October 3, 2008                             By Shawn Wade

      USDA has notified State and County Farm Service Agency offices that they can begin issuing final 2008-crop Direct payments for cotton, peanuts and other commodities covered under the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) on or about October 6, 2008.

      Upland cotton producers who did not receive an advance on their 2008 Direct payment will receive payments calculated using the full 6.67-cent Direct payment rate established by the 2008 Farm Bill. Cotton growers who chose to receive the 22 percent advance Direct payment of 1.47 cents when signing-up for the 2008 DCP program should receive a final payment totaling 5.2 cents per pound.

      The Farm Service Agency notice directing the payment of final 2008 Direct payments was issued September 24, 2008 and details the steps each office will need to complete before they can begin sending these payments to eligible producers.

      Growers who had previously signed up for the 2008 DCP and elected to receive an advance Direct payment prior to July 7, 2008 began receiving those payments on that date. Sign-up for the 2008 DCP began June 25 and ended September 30.

      Last week's FSA announcement that the final 2008 Direct payment, totaling 78 percent of the established payment rate for each covered commodity, was good news to farmers who are nearing the end of what has been an increasingly expensive 2008 production cycle.

      Even though 2008 yield prospects are still unclear, growers anticipate that they will need every pound of cotton lint and cotton seed they can produce to cover their production expenses.

      The timely receipt of the final 2008 Direct payment, coupled with the soon to be announced final 2007-crop Upland cotton Counter-cyclical payment, will help growers cover their end of year expenses heading into the harvest season.

Final 2007 Counter-cyclical Payments

      USDA Farm Service Agency officials have indicated that the final 2007-crop Upland cotton Counter-cyclical program payment rate announcement would come as soon as the agency receives the final weighted Average Price Received by Growers for Upland cotton. This figure will be supplied by the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) and is also commonly referred to as the Market Year Average (MYA) price.

      According to calculations by Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. following release of the July 2008 Upland cotton price and marketing figures by NASS, the estimated 2007-crop Upland cotton Counter-cyclical payment rate should be around 8.62 cents per pound.

      Using this estimate, cotton growers who received the 3.09-cent Upland cotton advance 2007 Counter-cyclical payment in February of this year would expect to receive an additional 5.53 cents per pound when the final 2007 payment rate is announced.

Congress Approves Legislation Making
2008 Farm Bill Technical Corrections

Friday, October 3, 2008                             By Shawn Wade

      Showing that Congress can work quickly when it wants to do so, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate gave final approval to what may be the first of several technical corrections/clarifications that could be made relative to implementation of the 2008 Farm Bill.

      Most of the Congressional action took place on Monday, September 29 when the Senate approved its version of H.R. 6849 by unanimous consent. The House first passed H.R. 6849 on September 24. The Senate substitute, also designated H.R. 6849, modified the original bill approved by the House.

      Upon receiving the revised legislation from the Senate, House leaders immediately brought the measure to the floor where it also passed by unanimous consent.

      H.R. 6849, as finally approved, makes technical corrections to the permanent crop disaster program included in the 2008 Farm Bill. It also temporarily reverses the US Department of Agriculture's published notice regarding the Farm Bill's 10 base-acre provision, which would have denied farm program benefits to hundreds of thousands of producers nationwide by refusing to allow for the aggregation of small base acreage.

      Key provisions of the measure, which has been sent to President Bush for his signature, include:

- A one-year suspension of the 10-base-acre rule that would have disallowed farms with 10 or less base acres from participating in the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP);   

- Provide the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to exempt de Minimus acreages from the risk management purchase requirement for eligibility for ag disaster assistance payments; and,

- Excludes ghost crops planted following the loss of an insured primary crop and crops not eligible for either crop insurance or NAP from inclusion in the calculation guarantees or revenues used to calculate benefits under the SURE program.

     

Cotton Inc. Survey Open Through October 31;
Producers Encouraged To Participate

      U.S. cotton producers are urged to complete this questionnaire, which will provide a gauge on the strides that producers have made in production efficiency and help Cotton Incorporated promote U.S. cotton and direct its future research. The online survey is open through October 31, is anonymous and requires about 20-25 minutes to complete.

 

http://www.cottoninc.com/Ag-eSurvey/

 

Want the facts about the U.S. farm policy. Get what you need at:

www.farmpolicyfacts.com

 

Revised 2008 High Plains/Northern Rolling
Plains Harvest Aid Guide Now Available

      The 2008 crop is getting nearer the finish line and High Plains cotton producers are already beginning to think about their harvest aid regimens.

      The best place for growers to go for sound advice in the harvest aid arena is the newly updated 2008 Harvest Aid Guide published by Dr. Randy Boman, Cotton Agronomist, Texas AgriLife Extension.

      Dr. Boman has notified us that the revised 2008 Harvest Aid Guide is now available on the Lubbock TAMU Research and Extension Center website. The revised 2008 Harvest Aid Guide can be found at:

http://lubbock.tamu.edu/cotton/pdf/harvestaidhandout2008.pdf

Visit PCG on the Web: WWW.PLAINSCOTTON.ORG

 

NRCS To Hold 2009 EQIP PDG/LWG Meetings

      Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts invite the public, and any agencies with interest, to participate in the agency's 2009 Local Work Group (LWG) meetings.

      The purpose of the LWG's is to provide members of the community a forum for submitting recommendations on local issues and county based funding that can be addressed through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

      Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) conduct LWG meetings in partnership with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

      Each county in Texas holds the public meetings annually and meeting information will soon be posted on the Texas NRCS website (www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov). A partial list of LWG meetings already scheduled for the High Plains and South Plains regions is included in the table below.

2009 EQIP LWG Meeting
Dates, Times and Locations

as of 10/03/08

Date:

County:

Location:

Time:

10/6/2008

Lamb

Lamb County Electric Co-Op Bldg., 2415 South Phelps Ave., Littlefield, Tx

8:00 am

10/8/2008

Hardeman

Quanah Community Center, Intersection state HWY 104 & FM 2568

9:30 am

10/8/2008

Moore

Moore County Annex East 1st. St., Dumas,Tx.

9:00 am

10/8/2008

Sherman

Happy State Bank, 100 N. Main. St., Stratford,Tx

9:00 am

10/9/2008

Cottle

USDA Service Center, US Hwy 70, Paducah, Tx.

9:00 am

10/10/2008

Hale

USDA Service Center, 304 South Garland, Plainview, Tx.

11:00 am

10/14/2008

Childress

Greenbelt Elec. Coop. Meeting Rm., US Hwy 83, Childress, Tx.

10:00 am

10/14/2008

Collingsworth

Roberson's Restaurant, U.S. Highway 83, Wellington, Tx.

8:30 am

10/14/2008

Donley

Courson RFO Bldg., Clarendon College, 1322 West 2nd, Clarendon, Tx.

2:00 pm

10/14/2008

Floyd

USDA Service Center, U.S. Highway 70 East, Floydada, Tx.

9:30 am

10/14/2008

Foard

Crowell State Bank Room, HWY 70 (Northside of Square), Crowell, Tx.

6:00 pm

10/14/2008

Hall

1st Bank & Trust meeting Room, North of Courthouse, Memphis, Tx

1:30 pm

10/14/2008

Hemphill

Hemphill County Exhibition Barn, Exhibition Road, Canadian, Tx.

6:00 pm

10/14/2008

Kent

Kent County Courthouse, HWY 70, Jayton, Tx.

5:30 pm

10/14/2008

Lubbock

USDA-ARS Center, 3810 4th St., Lubbock, Tx.

9:00 am

10/14/2008

Motley

USDA Service Center, 1103 Eubank, Matador, Tx.

8:30 am

10/15/2008

Bailey

Five Area Telephone Mtg. Rm.,302 Uvalde St.(W Hwy 84),Muleshoe, Tx.

9:00 am

10/15/2008

Dickens

USDA Service Center, 312 Willard Avenue, Spur, Tx.

7:00 pm

10/16/2008

Gray

Gray County Annex, 12125 East Frederic Ave., Pampa, Tx.

7:00 pm

10/16/2008

King

Guthrie Community Center, US HWY 83, Guthrie Tx.

1:30 pm

10/16/2008

Lynn

Tahoka Housing Authority, 1400 Ave. K, Tahoka, Tx.

8:30 am

10/16/2008

Stonewall

Stonewall County Courthouse, 128 West 6th Street, Aspermont, Tx.

9:00 am

10/21/2008

Armstrong

USDA Service Center, 208 East 1st Street, Claude, Tx.

7:00 pm

10/21/2008

Cochran

USDA Ser.Cntr, 200 W. Taylor St., Morton, Tx.

8:00 am

10/21/2008

Crosby

Pioneer Museum, US HWY 82, Crosbyton, Tx.

6:00 pm

10/21/2008

Gaines

USDA Service Center, 1301 South Main St., Seminole, Tx.

8:00 am

10/21/2008

Randall

Randall Co. AgriLife Ext. Center, 200 N Brown Rd., Canyon,Tx

10:00 am

10/21/2008

Roberts

KNT Cafˇ, 123 Commercial Street (HWY 60), Miami, Tx.

7:30 a.m

10/21/2008

Terry

American State Bank Conf. Room.,1323 Tahoka Road, Brownfield, Tx.

9:00 am

10/22/2008

Dallam

USDA Service Center, 622 West 7th Street, Dalhart, Tx.

10:00 am

10/22/2008

Hartley

NRCS Office, 811 4th Street, Hartley, Tx.

2:00 pm

10/22/2008

Hockley

Chase Bank, 800 8th St., Levelland, Tx.

8:30 am

10/22/2008

Potter

Agrilife Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd. West, Amarillo, Tx.

1:00 p.m

10/23/2008

Oldham

Vega Banking Center, Main and US HWY 385, Vega, Tx.

9:00 am

10/23/2008

Carson

USDA Service Center, 221 Euclid Street, Panhandle, Tx.

8:00 am

10/28/2008

Hansford

Spearman City Hall, 30 SW Court, Spearman

8:30 am

10/30/2008

Deaf Smith

Hereford Community Center, 100 Avenue C, Hereford, Tx.

9:00 am