FSA Notes By Keith L. Zanter
Clay County FSA Office
Vermillion â�?�? 624-7060 Ext. #2 PRODUCTION EVIDENCE FOR THE ACRE PROGRAM Tom Kostel, acting state executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in South Dakota said that producers wishing to enroll in the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program can certify production on an FSA-658, Record of Production and Yield to establish the benchmark farm yield. The benchmark farm yield is based on the production for the 5 most recent crop years; for 2009 specifically, the benchmark farm yield is composed of data from 2004 through 2008. "I encourage all producers interested in the ACRE program to certify production from the 2004 through 2008 crop years at their local FSA office to evaluate the benefits of the ACRE program," said Kostel. "Producers are not required to submit documents to support their production at the time the FSA-658 is filed; however, producers will be required to submit acceptable production evidence at a later date to verify the certified production." Production evidence for commodities sold, stored, or disposed of can be substantiated by various forms of supporting documentation including, but not limited to Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) or Marketing Assistance Loan (MAL) records; warehouse receipts, ledgers, or load summaries; settlement sheets; Risk Management Agency (RMA) yields, production records or loss appraisals; and measured production in cases where FSA or an approved crop insurance representative performed the measurement. There are specific provisions for production evidence related to farm stored production, production used for seed, or fed production. In situations where a producer does not have production evidence for a specific covered commodity for one or more of the preceding 5 crop years, the ACRE plug yield will be utilized to calculate the benchmark farm yield. The ACRE plug yield is 95 percent of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) county average yield. The signup deadline for ACRE is Aug. 14. Additional information pertaining to ACRE or other FSA programs may be obtained at any FSA office, as well as on the Web at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.