End Rows for Dec. 14, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

County committee election results

On December 9th, ballots from the recent County Committee election were counted.

Donald Boland of Sweet Springs was elected to his second term on the Committee.

Boland will continue to represent producers in the Saline County townships of Elmwood, Salt Pond, Liberty, and Blackwater.

His new term begins January 1st and will run through December 31, 2013.

County Committees oversee office operations and federal farm program delivery at the local level.

The Saline County Committee normally meets on the second Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at the FSA office.

Boland will serve his second term alongside Dale Miles of Marshall, and Edna Durham of Blackwater.

ACRE participants -- report 2010


Participants who elected the ACRE program are required to certify production each year.

2010 production is being accepted now and must be certified no later than July 15, 2011.

Farm level production amounts are needed to calculate if an ACRE payment is earned.

Possible general CRP sign-up in 2011?

There is talk of a possible General CRP sign-up in 2011.

This sign-up may be of interest to those wanting to enroll land in CRP for the first time, or to those wanting to re-offer CRP acreage expiring in September of 2011.

No sign-up has been confirmed, but in the event another General sign-up is announced, we want to remind landowners and participants of CRP cropland requirements:

--To be eligible for CRP, land must be physically capable of being farmed using normal farming practices.

--This means that CRP currently enrolled in a grass practice must not be grown up in trees and brush.

If you have this situation, and anticipate wanting to re-offer the land in a future General sign-up, start addressing any compliance issues you have now.

The land must be considered cropable at the time of sign-up.

--Also, if you currently have a CRP contract that stipulated tree establishment, those acres will no longer be considered cropland once that contract expires.

The only exception is if the acres are immediately re-enrolled in a new CRP contract with no break between the contracts.

--Additionally, keep in mind that areas with gullies and ditches are not eligible for enrollment.

--In Saline County, we sent these cropland requirements by letter to those with CRP contracts expiring in September of 2011.

If you have any questions about your CRP contract, contact the office.

December interest rates

Commodity Loans 1.250%

Farm Storage Facility Loans

-- 7-year 2%

-- 10-year 2.750%

-- 12-year 3%