FSA Notes

FSA Notes by Keith Zanter CRP sign-up announced

A general CRP signup 29 will be held on Aug. 30 through Sept. 24. Producers who offer acres for enrollment into CRP agree to plant long term, resource conserving covers.

Approved producers will then receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance for practice establishment. The cost share assistance can not exceed 50 percent of the cost to implement the practice. The length of the contract is from 10 up to 15 years.

Current CRP participants with contracts that will expire Sept. 30, 2004 or Sept. 30, 2005, may submit new offers during the CRP signup 29.

Contracts awarded under the CRP signup 29 will become effective either Oct. 1, 2005 or Oct. 1, 2006.

To be eligible for CRP enrollment, producers must have owned or operated the land for at least 12 months prior to close of the CRP sign-up period.

Land eligible for enrollment must be planted or considered planted to an agricultural commodity four of the previous six crop years from 1996 to 2001. It must be physically and legally capable to be planted in a normal manner to an agricultural commodity.

Offering acres for enrollment in a General CRP signup does not guarantee a contract. FSA will evaluate and rank CRP offers using the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) for environmental benefits gained from enrolling land into CRP. Eligible offers will be ranked in comparison to all other offers and selections made from that ranking.

Decisions on the EBI cutoff will be made after the signup ends. The demand to enroll land into CRP is expected to be greater than the amount of land that can be accepted. This means there will be a very competitive bidding process. If you are interested in offering land in the General CRP signup 29, please contact the County FSA Office for more details or to make an appointment.

Clay County committee election

The Clay County FSA office is accepting nominations for one position to the Clay County Committee for 2004. Where county FSA committee elections are concerned, Clay County is broken down into three local administrative areas (LAA's). Since those three area representatives are elected to staggered three-year terms, it is LAA #3's turn to hold an election. LAA #3 consists of Fairview, Prairie Center, Norway and Vermillion Townships.

Eligible voters in LAA #3 have the right to nominate a producer of their choice to be on the county FSA committee election ballot. Anyone who wishes to nominate a producer from LAA #3 should contact this office and we will provide you with a nominating petition. In order for a nominee's name to appear on the election ballot the nominating petition must be completed and returned to the FSA office no later that Sept. 3.

FSA strongly encourages women and minorities to participate in all of its programs, including the county FSA committee election process. All eligible voters in LAA #3 may nominate or be nominated to be on the election ballot. If anyone has any questions about the County FSA Committee election process, feel free to stop in at the FSA office or give us a call.

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