May 07, 2018
Cotton farmers have two opportunities in May to improve U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assistance for past crops.
Sign-ups for the Cotton Ginning Cost Share (CGCS) related to the 2016 cotton crop end May 11.
Through the CGCS program, eligible producers can receive a one-time cost share payment, which is based on 2016 cotton acres reported to Farm Service Agency (FSA) multiplied by 20 percent of the average ginning cost for each region. The Southeast region rate is $23.21.
Seed cotton will soon be a covered commodity under the 2014 farm bill. In May, the FSA will contact farm owners and operators about allocating their generic base for 2008 through 2016.
Growers also have a one-time chance to update their upland cotton yield established in the 2008 farm bill to be used as a payment yield for the Price Loss Coverage program.
Submit applications at local FSA offices. Learn more at fsa.usda.gov.