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Monday, August 2, 2010

CRP General Sign-up No. 39 started this week and runs through August 27, 2010.

Land that is currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered for enrollment during this sign-up. CRP participants with contracts expiring September 30, 2010 can also submit offers.

Producers must have owned the land at least 12 months prior to the end of the Sign-up period (August 27).

For the land to be eligible it must:

Be cropland that is planted or considered planted to an agricultural commodity four of the six crop years from 2002 to 2007.

Be physically and legally capable of being planted to a crop in a normal manner.

Have a weighted average erosion index of eight or higher or be expiring CRP acreage.

Count on making at least two visits to the FSA office to complete the sign-up process.

The maximum rental rate will be calculated based on the soil rental rate.

Since all bids will be ranked according to the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) we will help you maximize your EBI points to increase your chances of being selected.

Each eligible offer will be ranked in comparison with all other offers and FSA will make selections from that ranking.

After the sign-up ends, the Secretary of Agriculture will decide where to make the EBI cutoff.

If accepted, you will sign a 10- to 15-year CRP contract to be effective October 1, 2010. You will receive an annual rental payment plus certain incentive payments.

Cost-share assistance will also be available to establish the conservation practice

The Saline County FSA office is holding a CRP Sign-up Informational Meeting on Monday, August 9 at the County Office.

The meeting will start at 10:00 am. The office is located at 704 N Miami in Marshall.

We will be discussing the sign-up process, program requirements, and other basic eligibility information.

If you are interested in attending, contact us at 660-886-7447, ext. 2 to reserve a seat.

Space is limited so please call.

2008 SURE

deadline September 30

Producers have until September 30, 2010 to sign up for 2008 Supplemental Revenue (SURE) program payments. Sign-up began in January, 2010.

SURE covers crop losses on the whole farm due to natural disasters when the county receives a Secretarial disaster declaration OR the total loss of production for the farm is greater than 50 percent.

Call your local FSA office to see if an appointment is needed to sign-up for SURE.