End Rows for June 3, 2014
USDA announces changes to fruit, vegetable and wild rice planting rules
FSA has announced fruit, vegetable and wild rice provisions that affect producers who intend to participate in certain programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014.
Similar to previous programs that were administered, planting fruits, vegetables or wild rice on base acres on a farm can result in a payment reduction for program participants.
Producers who intend to participate in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs are subject to an acre-for-acre payment reduction when fruits and nuts, vegetables or wild rice are planted on the payment acres of a farm. Payment reductions do not apply to mung beans, dry peas, lentils or chickpeas.
Planting fruits, vegetables or wild rice on acres that are not considered payment acres will not result in a payment reduction.
Farms that are eligible to participate in ARC/PLC but are not enrolled for a particular year may plant unlimited fruits, vegetables and wild rice for that year but will not receive ARC/PLC payments for that year. Eligibility for succeeding years is not affected.
Planting and harvesting fruits, vegetables and wild rice on ARC/PLC acreage is subject to the acre-for-acre payment reduction when those crops are planted on either more than 15 percent of the base acres of a farm enrolled in ARC using the county coverage or PLC, or more than 35 percent of the base acres of a farm enrolled in ARC using the individual coverage.
Fruits, vegetables and wild rice that are planted in a double-cropping practice will not cause a payment reduction if the farm is in a double-cropping region as designated by the USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation.
For additional information on fruit, vegetable and wild rice rules, visit www.fsa.usda.gov or contact your local USDA Service Center.
July 15 is the deadline for filing an acreage report on your farm.
January 30 is the deadline to sign up for LFP for grazing losses that occurred between October 1, 2011 and December 31, 2014.
Newly remodeled office space
The Saline County USDA Service Center is moving back across the parking lot to the newly remodeled office space this week.
Because of the move, the computer connections will be sporadic at best.
If it can wait, it would be appreciated if you could contact us next week or call to make an appointment.
The plan is to be back in business first thing Monday morning, June 9, in the new office space.