Important reminder for CRP participants
Even though the official deadline is September 30, 2010, we are asking CRP participants with mid-contract management activities to complete the practices and turn in their paperwork before September 17.
Because of the annual CRP rental payments to be issued in October, we will not be able to access the web-based payment function from September 17, 2010 until after CRP payments are issued.
If the maintenance practices are completed after September 17, the cost-share payments will be delayed several weeks.
CRP general sign-up #39 underway
The 39th CRP general sign-up ends August 27, 2010.
Producers can offer cropland to be established to wildlife friendly conservation cover.
Eligible land includes tillable land that was row-cropped a minimum of four years from 2002 through 2007.
Expiring CRP contracts are also eligible to be re-enrolled.
Offers submitted this sign-up will be ranked nationally using the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) score.
Accepted contracts will be effective October 1, 2010.
Unlike the maintenance provisions that apply to contracts, currently expiring contracts accepted during this signup will be required to complete Mid-Contract Management (MCM) activities.
MCM activities will be performed in certain years of the contract, and include burning, strip disking, or chemical suppression. Cost share will be available for MCM.
Mowing may be used in conjunction with strip disking and chemical suppression, or to establish firebreaks for burning, but will not be permitted as a stand-alone practice for MCM.
Producers wishing to submit offers should contact their local FSA Office for an appointment.
Acre deadline reminder
The deadline for 2009 production certification to comply with ACRE was extended until September 1, 2010.
The extension is for completing both the farm benchmark yield (2004 through 2008) and the actual farm yield (2009).
Participants in the 2009 ACRE program must certify their yields by September 1, 2010 to remain eligible for ACRE benefits.
Failure to do so will result in a loss of direct payments received in 2009, and forfeiture of any earned ACRE payments.
SURE deadline reminder
The deadline to submit 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) program payment applications is close of business on September 30, 2010.
Contact the county office to schedule an appointment.
SURE provides financial assistance for 2008 crop production and or quality losses caused by natural disasters.