End Rows for March 8, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Highly erodible land and wetland

conservation

provisions

Landowners and operators are reminded that in order to receive payments from USDA, compliance with Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions are required.

Farmers with HEL determined soils are reminded of tillage, crop residue and rotation requirements as specified per their conservation plan.

Producers are to notify the FSA office prior to conducting land clearing or drainage projects to insure compliance.

Failure to obtain advance approval for any of these situations can result in the loss of eligibility and all Federal payments.

Weather variance available for HEL provisions

During the 2010 growing season, much of Missouri received excessive amounts of rainfall which caused producers significant loss of crop residue.

Many producers were forced to complete their spring planting under extremely wet conditions.

To stay in compliance with their conservation plan, producers can request a temporary variance due to excessive rainfall.

This weather variance would allow produc-ers/landowners to restore the affected areas to pre-event conditions prior to planting and avoid noncompliance.

Producers must request a weather variance from NRCS prior to beginning field work this spring.

Contact your local NRCS office for more information.

Report changes

to your farming operation

Any changes to your farming operation must be reported to your administering FSA office.

These changes can include, but are not limited to:

--buying or selling farm land

--adding or dropping rented land from your operation.

For ownership changes, you will need to provide the FSA office a copy of the deed or other legal document showing proof of ownership.

Your powers of attorney should also be reviewed and updated as needed when changes to your operation occur.

ACRE reminder

Producers participating in ACRE need to remember to submit their production data for their 2010 crops by July 31.

Reporting production data is an annual requirement for participating in the Average Crop Revenue Election program.

Skeleton crew at the office on Friday

Because most of us will be working at the Women in Ag Conference, there will only be a skeleton crew at the Saline County USDA Service Center this Friday, March 11.

Except for a short break at noon, the office will be open all day on the 11th.