End Rows for Oct. 16

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New crop reporting deadlines for 2013 pasture and wheat

All producers are reminded that the acreage reporting date for fall seeded crops has changed, beginning with the crop planted for 2013 harvest.

The new acreage reporting deadline for biennial and perennial forage crops is Nov. 15, 2012.

Dec. 15, 2012 is the new reporting deadline for all fall-seeded crops including winter wheat.

Please call for an appointment to certify your forage and fall-seeded crops.


For FSA program purposes, tracts having the same owner and the same operator are grouped under one farm serial number.

When changes in ownership or operation take place, a farm reconstitution is necessary.

The reconstitution--or recon--is the process of combining or dividing farms or tracts of land based on the farming operation.

Remember, to be effective for the current year, recons must be requested by August 1 for farms enrolled in specific programs.

The following are the different methods used when doing a farm recon:

--Estate Method - the division of bases, allotments and quotas for a parent farm among heirs in settling an estate;

--Designation of Landowner Method -- may be used when

(1) part of a farm is sold or ownership is transferred;

(2) an entire farm is sold to two or more persons;

(3) farm ownership is transferred to two or more persons;

(4) part of a tract is sold or ownership is transferred;

(5) a tract is sold to two or more persons; or

(6) tract ownership is transferred to two or more persons.

In order to use this method the land sold must have been owned for at least three years, or a waiver granted, and the buyer and seller must sign a Memorandum of Understanding;

--DCP Cropland Method - the division of bases in the same proportion that the DCP cropland for each resulting tract relates to the DCP cropland on the parent tract;

--Default Method - the division of bases for a parent farm with each tract maintaining the bases attributed to the tract level when the reconstitution is initiated in the system.

Power of attorney

For those who find it difficult to visit the county office personally because of work schedules, distance, health, etc., FSA has a power of attorney form available that enables you to designate another person to conduct your business at the office.

If you are interested, please contact our office or any Farm Service Agency office near you for more information.

When signing the power of attorney form, your signature must be witnessed by an FSA employee or notarized by a public notary.

The power of attorney form can only be revoked in writing. If your situation changes, you will want to review any powers of attorney you have on file to be sure they are still needed.

Also, signing a subsequent power of attorney does not negate a previously-signed one.