FSA Notes By Keith L. Zanter
Clay County FSA Office
Vermillion â�?�? 624-7060 Ext. #2 Quality Loss Crop Disaster Program Signup Farmers may apply for Quality Loss Crop Disaster Program (CDP) benefits at the Clay County FSA office. The Quality Loss CDP provides benefits to farmers who suffered quality losses to their 2005, 2006, or 2007 crops due to natural disasters. Example: A producer who received a monetary discount on corn with Aflatoxin of more than 20 parts per billion. To be eligible for quality loss benefits, the producer must have: â�?¢ had crop insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance program (NAP) coverage for the year that the quality loss occurred; â�?¢ suffered at least 25 percent monetary discount for quality losses â�?¢ obtained an acceptable quality test no later than January 1 of the year following harvest. The payment rate is set at 65 percent of the amount of the affected crop multiplied by 42 percent of the per-unit average market value in the year in which the loss occurred. The quality payment will be calculated separately from the quantity payment. However, if quantity benefits have already been received, the total benefits received from both quantity and quality may not exceed the $80,000 payment limitation. To substantiate the level of quality loss, applicants must supply verifiable production records to the FSA county committee. Verifiable production records shall include the quantity of production, level of quality loss, and the price received from the buyer. Verifiable production records include, but are not limited to: commercial receipts, settlement sheets, warehouse ledger sheets, load summaries or acceptable forage test. The final date to apply for the CDP is February 27. Continuous CRP Signup Environmentally desirable land devoted to certain conservation practices may be enrolled in CRP at any time under continuous sign-up. Offers are automatically accepted provided the land and producer meet certain eligibility requirements. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long term, resource conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion, and enhance wildlife habitat. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost share assistance. In addition incentive payments are available on many of the CRP practices. Continuous CRP provisions provide flexibility to implement certain high priority conservation practices on eligible land. Some of the practices available under continuous sign-up are riparian buffers; wildlife habitat buffers; wetland buffers; filter strips; wetland restoration; grass waterways; shelterbelts; living snow fences; salt tolerant vegetation; shallow water areas for wildlife; and the farmable wetland program. To offer land for continuous sign-up, please contact the Clay County FSA Office. Do you have grain under loan? If you have 2008 crop grain under loan, you must request a Marketing Authorization (CCC-681) before you remove your grain OR your grain must be paid for before removing from the bin. This marketing authorization is in effect for 15 or 30 days. If any grain is delivered to the elevator during this time period, the grain must be paid for within 15 days after the marketing authorization expires. Please call the Clay County Farm Service Agency BEFORE moving CCC sealed grain.