Farm Service Agency News
Letters and new
All owners and operators of all farms in the county that have with base acres have bene issued letters from National Office. Those letters indicate your base acres and planted or considered planted acres each year from 2008-2012. While you need to take time to read the letters, please do not panic. We have had several questions about the letters so a brief explanation may be warranted.
Later this fall, the exact time is yet undetermined, owners will have the opportunity to re-allocate base acres that currently exist. One key to note is that we will not increase total base acres, only re-allocate existing acres based on crop planting history from 2009-2012. Those farms that do not currently have base acres did not receive a letter as we cannot re-allocate what does not exist and we will not be increasing total base acres.
Also later this fall, owners will also be able to increase their yields associated with their base acres. However the years involved for increasing yields will be the planting period 2008-2012. In summary, base acres will be allocated on 2009-2012 history and yields will be on 2008-2012 planting history.
National Office ran a report on an undetermined date in July of all farm numbers and tract numbers which existed on that date in 2014. This report listed all the planted acres on farms with base acres, whose tract numbers had not changed since 2008. Tract numbers that existed on that date that did not exist back in 2008 will show on the letter as missing data. The data missing is not actually missing; the computer simply could not find the old tract number, which we have since loaded.
If your letter contains zeroes, it simply means no corn, beans, wheat or milo were reported as planted or prevented planted that year.
If your letter contains some blanks, it means your administrative farm number and/or tract number that exists in 2014 did not exist in 2008. This doesn’t mean your farm did not exist, it simply means a reconstitution has taken place when additional land was acquired or sold.
Be reassured we have researched all those and resolved them all at this time. We are confident our data is accurate and correct due to past participation in previous disaster programs carried out form 20008-2011 crop years.
At this time, it has not been announced what we will need for yields to be updated or when we process to re-allocate acres or change yields. Our training for this new program is not scheduled to take place until October.
Farm Bill updates
The Livestock Forage Program signup continues. This program addresses grazing losses from weather events such as the 2012 drought. To date, Pike County has paid out over $1,355,200 on cows and calves and $900 on sheep.
Signup is fairly easy and painless. You just need to tell us, by phone, in person or email, the number of cows and bulls owned July 17, 2012 and the number of calves that weighed over 500 pounds on July 17, 2012. Bred heifers and bull calves intended for the breeding herd will count as mature animals.
This part requires no documentation; it is strictly a producer certification process as to the numbers of livestock.
We also need to know where you pastured these animals and if it was improved or timber pasture.
Producers who rent pasture will have to have a cash lease or will need to obtain landowners signatures on a new form designed specifically for this program. We can process the paperwork, call you when it is ready to sign and issue payments the next day if we have all signatures.
New CRP offers can now be taken but only for certain practices and is limited to the continuous practices. Offers for field borders and the mostly environmental sensitive land will be accepted but not for whole farms. The land must have cropping history four of the six years from 2008-2013. Other details are still being developed. Offers must be made and approved before Sept. 30.
Early Out CRP
The new Farm Bill gives producers an opportunity to terminate early, without penalty, certain CRP contracts in Fiscal Year 2015, which starts Oct. 1.
While exact details are still unknown, it has been announced that certain CRP practices are ineligible and will not be considered for the early out.
Eligible contracts have to have been effect for at least five years, must have been a CP1, CP2, CP3, CP10 or CP11, and have an Erodibility index of less than 15, not involve restored wetlands, filter strips, waterways, or riparian buffer strips. The start and end dates for requesting opt-outs will be announced at a later date.
Producers are always welcome to contact the office if you have any questions. You can call 573-324-3313 or stop at the office at 1220 Business 61 South in Bowling Green, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.