FSA Notes

FSA Notes by Keith Zanter 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 owner 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.

During the 1998 through 2001 base period, South Dakota had several million acres of prevented-planted acreage. In many instances, FSA has not recorded these acres for the applicable farm acreage history. To receive base credit for this acreage, producers need to report their prevented planting acreage of each crop for each year to FSA.

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.

FSA is encouraging producers to report 1998 through 2001 planted and prevented planted acreage to their local FSA Office. This would include reporting any planted acreage for the years 1998 through 2001 not previously filed with FSA. Producers who did not file an acreage report for prior crop years may file a late report. In these cases, producers will be required to provide evidence of the existence and disposition of the crop. It is the producer's responsibility to ensure FSA has recorded the correct crop acreage history.

Power of Attorney forms

The office received procedure on the new Farm Bill concerning the producer's ability to use Power of Attorney forms. This new procedure does not allow the office to use the current Power of Attorney form(s) on file for the upcoming programs. Therefore, many producers will need to receive a new power of attorney form to enable them to sign on behalf of their owner(s) and relatives, etc.

This will affect a great number of owners and operators in Clay County. Letters will be forthcoming to all Power of Attorney grantors advising them of this change. Once the letter is received we encourage affected producers to review their documents and contact the FSA office to update or make any desired changes. The new Power of Attorney form (FSA-211) dated 7-25-02 is now available at the county office or at the FSA Web site which can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov.

Dates to Remember

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

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