FSA Notes

FSA Notes by Keith Zanter Farm Bill Informational Meetings

The Clay County Farm Service Agency will be holding three additional information meetings on the new Farm Bill at the following locations:

* Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the 4-H Center in Vermillion at 7 p.m.

* Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Legion Hall in Wakonda at 10 a.m.

* Thursday, Nov. 21 at Simplot Soil Builders in Beresford at 1:30 p.m.

The above informational meetings will be held to provide owners and operators with the latest information on the new Farm Bill. Discussion will provide guidance to assist you in determining which base and yield option is most advantageous for you.

All owners and operators are encouraged to attend at least one informational meeting on the few Farm Bill.

Producers need to

request splitting up multi-ownership farms now

Producers should contact their local Farm Service Agency Office to request reconstitutions of their farms for the 2002 crop year, said Executive Director Steven K. Cutler. Reconstitutions are needed to change farm ownership, to change operators, and to separate multi-ownership farms.

Cutler said, "With the new farm bill, owners that have combined their land with land owned by others must all agree on the method used to establish bases and yields for the entire farm. If all owners don't reach an agreement, the bases and yields will be defaulted to the current PFC bases and yields, plus eligible oilseed acreages."

It may be beneficial to split multi-ownership farms, so that each owner can evaluate the new farm program based on their own land's bases and yields.

Owners and operators should contact their local FSA Office to visit about the structured of their farms for the new farm program.

Dates to remember

* Nov. 11 � Office closed in observance of Veterans' Day.

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