End Rows for Feb. 15, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Asparagus revenue market loss

assistance payment (ALAP) program

FSA's Asparagus Revenue Market Loss Assistance Payment (ALAP) Program compensates producers for marketing losses resulting from imports during the 2004 through 2007 crop years.

Sign for ALAP began February 7, 2011 and continues through April 8, 2011.

ALAP provides financial assistance to asparagus producers who realized a financial setback as a result of increased asparagus imports.

The 2008 Farm Bill authorizes the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to provide up to $15 million in market loss payments to 2003-crop asparagus producers.

Eligible asparagus producers will receive a market loss payment based upon the marketing category of their 2003 crop of asparagus.

To qualify for ALAP, producers must:

--Have produced and marketed asparagus in commercial quantities in the U.S. during both crop years 2003 and 2007, and;

--Meet highly erodible land and wetland provisions.

ALAP payments will be calculated based upon an eligible producer's 2003 asparagus production quantity for fresh-marketed and/or process or frozen market asparagus.

For more information go to www.fsa.usda.gov or contact your local FSA office.

In preparation for CRP general sign-up 41

Saline County landowners interested in CRP can do some preliminary work now in preparation for the general sign-up starting on March 14.

Before March 14:

--Bring us a copy of the deed (required) so we can update your farm records as needed.

--If there is a tenant involved, decide if he/she will be included on the CRP contract or will be relinquishing his/her rights.

Once we know which piece of cropland you intend to enroll in CRP we can research the cropping history to verify program eligibility.

We can also make corrections to line work or field boundaries on our aerial photography if needed.

Doing these steps will help your actual application process go smoother and easier once signup begins.

The General CRP sign up period is from March 14 through April 15, 2011.

To be eligible for CRP enrollment the producer must have owned or operated the land for at least 12 months prior to the end of the sign-up period.

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

The land must also have a weighted average erosion index of eight or higher, be expiring CRP acreage, or be located in a national or state CRP conservation priority area.