FSA Notes

FSA Notes By Keith Zanter March 31 is the final date to obtain a CCC loan or request an LDP on 2000 crop wheat and oats. May 31 is the final date to obtain a CCC loan or complete an LDP on 2000 crop corn, soybeans and grain sorghum.

Producers who filed a CCC-709 last fall should bring in their assembling sheets from the elevator if they have not done so. If you have any 2000 crop that has not been LDPed or put under loan, you should contact the County FSA office before beneficial interest is lost and before these deadlines expire.

The Department of Agriculture announced that signup for the Apple Market Loss Assistance (AMLA) and Wool and Mohair Loss Assistance programs have begun. USDA also announced details on how to receive grazing payments in lieu of loan deficiency payments for the 2001 crop year.

Wool and Mohair: USDA will pay eligible wool and mohair producers who suffered economic loss due to low prices about $20 million for the 2000 marketing year. The payment rate will not exceed 40 cents per pound.

Producers wanting to participate in the wool and mohair program must file an application for payment by April 13. Eligible wool or mohair must have been shorn in the United States, and livestock must have been owned for 30 days or more prior to shearing. The wool or mohair must have been produced during the 2000 marketing year.

Grazing: USDA can now begin payments to eligible producers who elect to use acreage planted to wheat, barley, or oats to graze livestock and give up any other harvesting. The payment will be determined using the loan deficiency payment rate in effect as of the date of the agreement.

For more details on these and other USDA programs, contact the office at 605-624-7060, ext. 2.

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