FSA Notes

FSA Notes by Keith Zanter Farm Bill Informational Meetings

The Clay County Farm Service Agency will be holding information meetings on the new Farm Bill. Two meetings are scheduled on Thursday, Aug. 29. One informational meeting will be held at the 4-H Center in Vermillion at 10 a.m. and the second meeting will be held at Simplot in Beresford at 1 p.m. An additional meeting will be scheduled in Wakonda at a later date.

The above informational meetings will be held to provide owners and operators with the latest information on the new Farm Bill. John Gille, agricultural Extension agent for Clay and Union counties, will be discussing SDSU computer software and offer other economic insight into the Farm Bill. Larry Wilcox, Union County CED, and I will provide information on the different base and yield options that are available to landowners. All interested persons are invited to attend these informal meetings.

2002 Farm Bill Update

All owners and operators are asked to compile their planted and prevented planted acreage records for 1998 through 2001 crop years for each farm. Each producer should have received a letter from the Clay County FSA office. In this letter it provides you with your crop acreage history for the years 1998 through 2001. It is important that all owners and operators review their 1998 through 2001 crop acreage history because this information will be used by FSA to calculate the 2002 crop acreage bases for use under the 2002 Farm Bill. Note: In the letter under the last column it lists the farms �2002 PFC Acres.� This figure is your base acres taken from the 1996 Farm Bill and is not your acres planted for 2002.

Producers are asked to review their 1998 through 2001 crop acreage history for each farm against the crop acreage history, if they are incorrect please call for an appointment to update the records. Producers must be sure FSA has recorded the correct crop acreage history to insure all options are available to them to sign up for the new Farm Bill.

During the 1998 through 2001 base period, Clay County had several thousand acres of prevented-planted acreage. In many instances, FSA did not record these acres for the applicable farm acreage history. To receive base credit for this acreage, Clay County producers need to report their prevented planting acreage of each crop for each year to the Clay County Farm SErvice Agency Office.

Acceptable evidence of prevented planted acres can include multi-peril crop insurance records. Even though producers may have received prevented planting Crop Disaster or Crop Insurance payments for one or more of the years 1998 through 2001, they will need to verify their prevented planting acreage with FSA to ensure it has been properly credited.

2002 Crop Loans and LDPs

Please remember that a form �Field Direct� CCC-709 must be signed prior to harvest for commodities immediately sold or fed from the field. If you have share rent landlords you may want to make sure they have returned the CCC-709 form to our office. This form must be received in the FAS office prior to harvest.

Dates to Remember

? Sept. 2 � Office closed to observe Labor Day.

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