January 19, 2018

Senator Rounds to Host Tele-Townhall on Wednesday

RoundsSen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) is inviting all South Dakotans to join him in a live, toll-free tele-townhall on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. MT to discuss the tax reform law and other issues important to South Dakotans. During the tele-townhall, Rounds will be taking live questions from participants.

You can participate in the tele-townhall by calling the number or clicking on the link below:

What: Tele-townhall

When: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. MT

Call #: 877-229-8493

Pin #: 115923

Participate online: https://video.teleforumonline.com/video/streaming.php?client=15923

If you are unable to join the call but would like to leave a message for Senator Rounds, you can always contact him by calling one of his offices or emailing him on his website at www.rounds.senate.gov.

**Please note that the phone line will go live approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.

USDA Implements Agriculture Risk Coverage Pilot Option in Hand/Hyde Counties

USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Paul Shubeck announced today that Hand/Hyde Counties have been selected to participate in a special Agriculture Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) pilot program. The program will issue payments to eligible producers in Hand and Hyde counties who suffered losses of certain commodities.  Producers do not need to enroll in the program.

 Congress authorized $5 million for FSA to implement a pilot program to reduce yield disparities between similar adjacent counties. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue selected states primarily affected by recent disasters, and FSA state offices identified the counties and the crops: Wheat. Counties selected for payment have significant 2016 yield differences compared to similar neighboring counties.USDA

The ARC and PLC programs were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and offer a safety net to agricultural producers when there is a substantial drop in prices or revenues for covered commodities. Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity. For more details regarding these programs, go to www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

Perdue Names Appointees to South Dakota USDA FSA State Committee

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the individuals who will serve on the South Dakota USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) state committee. The state committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs.Each state committee has five members, one chairperson and four members. Additional appointees will be named at a later date. The individuals appointed to serve on this committee include:

Committee Chair Mark Gross – Bridgewater
Gwen Kitzen – Belle Fourche
Tiffani Robertson – Hermosa
Bill Simonsen – Roslyn

The Farm Service Agency serves farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs. The agency offers farmers a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. FSA continues to conserve natural resources and also provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including special emphasis on beginning, underserved and women farmers and ranchers.

Under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell food and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty. Understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.