It's time for the annual FSA County Committee election.
County Committees serve a vital role at FSA by providing local oversight to the delivery of Federal farm programs.
For election purposes, counties are divided into local administrative areas, or LAAs.
Each LAA selects one producer to serve a three-year term on the Farm Service Agency county committee.
Each year, an election is held in an LAA to replace the committee member whose three year term is expiring.
Starting June 15, producers who are residents in the LAA holding the election and who participate or cooperate in an FSA program and are of legal voting age may be nominated to serve on the county committee.
This year in Saline County, LAA 1consisting of Arrow Rock, Cambridge, Clay and Salt Fork Townships, is up for election. This seat is currently held by Edna Durham.
Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates; also, organizations representing socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers may also nominate candidates.
The nomination form, FSA-669A, is available at the county office or may be downloaded online at www.fsa.usda.gov .
To be valid, the nomination form must be signed by the person being nominated, indicating their agreement to serve if elected.
The completed nomination form must be postmarked or returned to the county office by the close of business on August 1.
We encourage everyone in LAA 1 to get involved with the committee election process.
Reporting planted acres
As you finally get that last row planted on the last acre in the last field you're probably thinking, I'm finally done!
But you are not really done until you file your acreage report at the county FSA office.
Acreage reports are required for almost all of FSA's programs including Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP), Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program, Marketing Assistance Loans, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), and Noninsured Crop Disaster Program (NAP).
In addition to planted crops, all land uses including failed acres, prevented planted acres, pastures, hayfields, and orchards should also be reported.
The final date to report wheat and other small grains is June 30. Corn, soybeans, and all other land uses must be reported by July 31. A late-filing fee of $46 per farm will be charged for all late acreage reports. Contact your FSA office to see if an appointment is needed.
Pending DCP/ACRE contracts
The Saline County FSA office has over 100 DCP and ACRE contracts that are still pending signatures.
Many of these are situations where the tenant has signed, but the landowner has not.
Signatures on DCP and ACRE contracts can still be turned in after June 1.
Contracts signed after June 1 and before August 2 can still be approved locally.
Contracts signed August 2 through September 30 will be forwarded to the State FSA Office with a request for relief based on an explanation from the producer as to why the contract wasn't filed timely.
If filed by August 31, the State Committee can approve the contracts.
But contracts filed after August 31 will be forwarded to Washington for approval.
We're encouraging everyone to sign these contracts as soon as possible, but at least before August 1 to avoid having to send the contract to Columbia or Washington DC for approval.