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GovDelivery AND eALerts

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

FSA offices are moving toward a paperless operation with a new operation called GovDelivery.

Producers now have the option to receive the county newsletter electronically via e-mail instead of receiving a hard copy in the mail.

Producers can subscribe to receive electronic newsletters by going to www.fsa.usda.gov/subscribe.

Missouri FSA will discontinue sending postcard reminders for upcoming sign ups and deadlines.

Instead, producers can receive FSA program reminders via FSA eAlerts using e-mail, text message, or both.

Standard text messaging rates will apply.

To sign up for eAlerts, call or stop by your local FSA office. You can opt out of eAlerts at any time.

FSA, like many other organizations, is trying to work smarter and be more efficient.

Moving to electronic notifications by using GovDelivery and eAlerts will help conserve resources and save taxpayer dollars.

2012 DCP/ACRE sign-up

2012 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) enrollment will begin Jan. 23, 2012 and will end June 1, 2012.

Here are some important reminders:

All producers planting on DCP base acres must be identified on the DCP/ACRE contract and receive a proportionate share of DCP/ACRE payment for the farm.

Changes on the farm after enrolling in DCP/ACRE must be reported to your local FSA office. These changes include:

Ownership changes

Producer changes (Individuals and Entities)

Change in crop shares arrangements

Note: Changes cannot be made after Sept. 30, 2012.

Maintaining the quality of farm-stored grain

Producers who take out marketing assistance loans and use the farm-stored grain as collateral should remember that they are responsible for maintaining the quality of the grain through the term of the loan.

Keep monitoring the condition of your stored grain especially while the temperatures are warmer.

Call the FSA office administering your loan BEFORE any grain collateral is removed from the bin for any reason.

IRS form 1099-G

Producers annually receive CCC-1099-Gs detailing payments producers have received from the Commodity Credit Corporation.

This is mailed from Kansas City by the end of January.

If needed, county office staff can help review payments for accuracy.

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