End Rows for June 17, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

We've moved back

We have moved back into the newly remodeled office building at 704 N Miami in Marshall. Signs are not up yet, but there are two entrance doors on the south side of the building; FSA is through the door to the west and NRCS/SWCD/MDC is through the door to the east. We're still getting everything unpacked and organized, but we are open for business.

CRP sign-up has been announced

Since last fall, we have not been able to accept any new CRP enrollments.

FSA has announced that we may resume enrolling continuous CRP contracts and that no general sign-up is scheduled for fiscal year 2014.

Crop history requirements have been updated. Land must have been cropped or considered cropped four out of six years between 2008 and 2013.

For this enrollment, adjusted gross income provisions do not apply.

If you are interested in enrolling land in CRP continuous practice (buffer, filter strip, etc) please contact our office.

This authority to accept new continuous contracts expires on September 30, but if you are interested, you will need to start the enrollment process by at least September 1 to allow time for processing.

One year extension offered on certain expiring CRP practices

FSA has also announced that one year extensions will be offered to certain general CRP contracts expiring on September 30.

Those eligible for this extension should have received a letter outlining their options. Participants may choose to extend all or a portion of the acres under contract, but no new acres may be enrolled through the extension.

The rental rate will remain the same and the total contract length, including the extension, cannot exceed a total of 15 years.

Extended contracts will be effective October 1. If you are interested in taking advantage of the offer to extend your contract, the extension must be signed by all participants on the contract by August 8.

CPR primary nesting season

We are currently in the middle of the primary nesting season which runs from May 1 through July 15 each year.

No maintenance or management activities can occur during this time.

If you have mid-contract management activities to be completed this year, you may not do so until after July 15.

Also, if you need to address any invasive growth, like noxious weeds or sprouts, you cannot do so until after July 15, unless you have received written permission to do so from the FSA County Committee.

Livestock Disaster Program sign-up still underway

We are still accepting applications for the livestock disaster programs authorized by the new farm bill, including the Livestock Forage Program (LFP).

LFP provides compensation for pasture losses. Producers in Saline County are eligible for payments in 2012 and 2013.

It can take a while to work through the application, so we encourage you to call ahead for an appointment.