Report small grains by June 30
June 30th is the deadline to report wheat and other small grains.
Those with crop insurance will need to report to their agents by July 15th.
FSA's reporting deadline for all other crops is July 31. Because July 31st falls on a Sunday this year, the deadline is extended to the next business day, or August 1.
CRP participants must also report their CRP acres by July 31. Failure to do so will prevent annual rental payments from being issued in October.
Late-filed reports will be accepted, but a minimum late filing fee of $46 per FSA farm number will apply.
Landowners signatures needed on DCP/ACRE contracts
We still have many DCP and ACRE contracts that have been initiated, but are awaiting signatures from other participants on the farm.
These contracts cannot be approved until all signatures are received.
Even though the June 1st deadline has past, participants may still enroll in DCP and ACRE for 2011.
We recommend enrolling as soon as possible, but before August 1. Starting August 1st, the contract will have to be sent to FSA's State Office for approval, and beginning September 1st, contracts will have to be sent to Washington DC for approval.
So if you enrolled a farm, but have not seen an advance payment yet, check to make sure that the landowner, or someone else on the farm has signed the contract.
We want to remind CRP participants that we are still in the primary nesting season which runs from May 1st through July 15th.
Mid-contract management and maintenance activities cannot be completed during the nesting season unless prior written approval has been given by the FSA county committee.
Be sure to wait until after July 15th to perform any mid-contract management or maintenance activities to avoid a violation of your CRP contract.
assistance program (BCAP)
Producers can still enroll their farm in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, or BCAP. Currently FSA is accepting applications for cost share and annual payments to establish biomass crops in an approved project area.
Saline County is one of 39 counties in Missouri and Kansas included in project area 1.
Producers in this project area will plant mixes of perennial native plants, such as switchgrass, for the manufacture of biomass pellet fuels and other biomass products to be used for power and heat generation.
These producers will be eligible for reimbursements of up to 75 percent of the cost of establishing a bioenergy crop, and can receive up to five years of annual payments.
The biomass crops can be established on cropland, pasture, or other areas capable of producing the crop. Land enrolled in CRP, WRP, and Grassland Reserve is not eligible for BCAP.
If interested in enrolling, contact your local FSA office for more information.
There is not currently a deadline for signing-up, however the enrollment is limited by funding and an acreage limitation, enrollment will be on a first-come-first-serve basis, and those who are interested should sign-up as soon as possible.
At the very latest, contracts will need to be approved by September 30th due to the end of the federal fiscal year. Currently there is not funding for BCAP in 2012.
USDA Service Centers will be closed on Monday, July 4 for Independence Day, but will be open for business at their regular hours on Tuesday, July 5.
FSA wishes everyone a safe and happy Independence Day.