End Rows for May 17, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Prevented planting reporting deadline extended

The deadline for reporting all Prevented Planted crops, except small grains, has been extended to July 31, 2011, which is also the last day for reporting planted acres.

The original deadline for reporting prevented planted acres was within 15 days of the crop's final planting date.

Reporting Prevented Planted crops is required for insurance purposes.

Prevented planting is the inability to plant the intended crop acreage with proper equipment by the final planting date for the crop type because of a natural disaster.

Sign up to receive program updates via eAlerts

FSA eAlerts are a new way to receive FSA program reminders via e-mail or text.

You can sign up for eAlerts at your County Office and choose whether you would like to receive information via e-mail, text or both.

If you elect to receive information by text, remember standard text messaging rates apply.

Consult with your cellular carrier to discuss your text plan details.

You can opt out of receiving FSA eAlerts at any time.

You will still receive your FSA newsletter, but Missouri FSA will discontinue sending postcard reminders for upcoming sign ups and deadlines.

FSA eAlerts are provided as an additional service to Missouri FSA producers.

Always refer to your county office newsletter for program information and bookmark www.fsa.usda.gov/mo to check back frequently for program deadlines and information.

Farm loan programs

The Farm Service Agency is committed to providing family farmers with loans to meet their farm credit needs.

If you are having trouble getting the credit you need for your farm, or regularly borrow from FSA, direct and guaranteed loans are currently available.

Ask your lender about an FSA loan guarantee if you've had a setback and your lender is reluctant to extend or renew your loan.

Farm ownership loans or farm operating loans may be obtained as direct loans for a maximum of up to $300,000.

Guaranteed loans can reach a maximum indebtedness of $1,119,000.

Producers are encouraged to apply early so that a loan can be processed and funded in a timely manner.

To find out more about FSA loan programs, contact the county office staff.

Beginning farmer and ranchers

FSA assists beginning farmers and ranchers to finance agricultural enterprises.

Under these designated farm loan programs, FSA can provide financing to eligible applicants through either direct or guaranteed loans.

FSA defines a beginning farmer as a person who:

-- Has operated a farm for not more that 10 years

-- Will materially and substantially participate in the operation of the farm

-- Agrees to participate in any loan assessment and borrower training in financial and production management program sponsored by FSA

-- Does not own a farm greater than 30 % of the median size farm in the county.

Additional program information, loan applications, and other materials are available at your local USDA Service Center. You may also visit www.fsa.usda.gov.

Reminder: DCP/ACRE sign-up ends June 1

June 1 is the deadline for enrolling your farms in the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) or the Average Crop Residue Election Program (ACRE).

Multi-county producers do not need to visit each county office to get all of their farms enrolled. It can all be done at one county office.