Foreign landowner reporting requirements

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act requires all foreign owners of US agricultural land to report their holding to the Secretary of Agriculture.

The Farm Service Agency administers this program for USDA.

This Act stipulates that foreign persons who have purchased or sold agricultural land in the county are required to report the transaction to FSA within 90 days of the closing.

Failure to do so can result in civil penalties of up to 25% of the fair market value of the property.

We would ask for those involved in real estate transactions, such as attorneys and realtors, to help us in reminding foreign landowners of this reporting requirement.

CRP mid-contract management

CRP contracts enrolled since 2003 are required to perform mid-contract management activities.

These activities include one of the following options:


--Chemical suppression

--Prescribed burning

Cost-share assistance is available for the completion of these activities.

We are in the process of notifying several CRP participants who have not reported the completion of their mid-contract management.

Participants should remember that it is a requirement of their CRP contract and failure to complete mid-contract management is a violation and can result in termination the contract.

We also have several participants who have not certified the installation of their required food plots.

If you are not certain if you're required to complete mid-contract management, or a food plot, you should contact the office to find out.

Again, failure to complete these activities could result in the termination of your contract.

Also, participants are encouraged to control invasive vegetation on their CRP acres by spot-mowing and or spot-spraying.

If invasive growth of woody vegetation or noxious weeds is not controlled, the acreage could be determined non-compliant, or the acreage may not be eligible for re-enrollment in the future.

Program deadlines

September 1: NAP sales closing date for greens, value loss crops and controlled environment crops

September 1: 2010 ACRE production certification deadline for 2010 crops and for 2006 through 2009 crops for establishing the benchmark.

September 30: NAP sales closing date for strawberries and fall-seeded small grains.

Labor Day holiday

USDA Service Centers will be closed next Monday, September 5, for Labor Day.

We will be open at our regular hours on Tuesday, September 6.

We wish everyone a safe Labor Day Holiday.