Ray/Clay FSA issues program updates

Jarrell Foreman, executive director of the Farm Services Agency office for Ray and Clay counties, briefly outlined program updates for 2013 at a Feb. 6 Soil and Crops Conference in Richmond. What follows is a more detailed report of program offerings and requirements for 2013.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the 2008 Farm Bill for many Commodity Credit Corporation programs through September 2013.
Sign-up for Direct and Counter Cyclical Program and Average Crop Revenue Election Program for the 2013 will begin on Feb. 19, 2013. DCP sign-up period will end on Au. 2, 2013.
ACRE sign-up period will end June 3, 2013. Program provisions are unchanged from 2012, except that all eligible participants may choose to enroll in either DCP or ACRE for the 2013 crop year. This means producers who are enrolled in ACRE may elect to enroll in DCP or may re-enroll in ACRE in 2013.
All participants will be required to complete a 2013 CCC-933 Average Adjusted Gross Income Certification and Consent to Disclosure of Tax Information form. This form cannot be signed with a Power of Attorney and must be completed and on file prior to issuing program benefits. Participants will not be required to submit new Farm Operating Plans and other eligibility paperwork unless there is a change to their farming operation, added or deleted farms or have changed from an individual to an entity and vice versa.
If breaking out any new ground (sod) into crop production, please notify the office ASAP.
We have not received instructions on a General or Continuous Conservation Reserve Program signup at this time. CRP was authorized in the Farm Bill extension. We will issue notice when we receive further information.
At this time there is not a program for Livestock and/or Crop Disasters suffered during the 2012 drought i.e. SURE and LFP.
Sales closing date for Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program is March 15, 2013. NAP covers crops not covered under Federal Crop Insurance. Forage, pasture, fruits, vegetables, nursery, etc., are covered under the NAP program. Please call office for more information.
Farm Storage Facility Loans are available for new hay barns and grain storage. Interest rates for a 7 year FSFL are 1.25 percent. Loan amounts are at 85 percentof the cost for the FSFL not to exceed $500,000. Eligible equipment includes concrete, facility, labor, electrical, augers, fans, dryers, monitoring equipment, etc.
All dairy producers MILC contracts are automatically extended to Sept. 30, 2013. Eligible producers therefore do not need to re-enroll in MILC. The payment rate for September 2012 is approximately $0.59 per hundredweight. The payment rate for Oct. 2012 marketing is approximately $.02 per hundredweight. Before the Oct. MILC payment can be made, dairy farmers must complete a new Average Adjusted Gross Income form for 2013 and a CCC-902 may also be required. Dairy operations may select a production start month other than October 2012. Production start month changes must be made with the FSA office during the relief period of Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, 2013.
FSA will provide producers with information on program requirements, updates and signups as the information becomes available.
Any additional details will be posted on FSAs website.
For more information about the programs and loans administered by FSA, visit the Ray/Clay County FSA office at 815-776-5861 or

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