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  • Local Agriculture News and Information: Week of June 9

  • SURE Disaster Program Deadline Approaches for 2011 Crops



    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia reminded producers today that they have until Friday, June 7, to apply for assistance for 2011 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program.

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  • SURE Disaster Program Deadline Approaches for 2011 Crops
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia reminded producers today that they have until Friday, June 7, to apply for assistance for 2011 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. The program provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible producers on farms that have incurred crop production or quality losses.
    For more information about the Farm Service Agency’s disaster assistance programs, visit a local FSA county office or http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov/.
    GENERAL CRP SIGN-UP ENDS JUNE 14
    USDA will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. CRP protects the nation's natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States.
    Currently, about 27 million acres are enrolled while 32.0 million acres are authorized for CRP. Producers that are accepted in the program can receive cost-share assistance to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers and receive an annual rental payment for the length of the contract which is 10-15 years.
    Contracts on 3.3 million acres of CRP nationwide, including 212,000 acres in Kansas, are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2013. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.
    Along with sign-up for general CRP, USDA has also announced the restart of sign-up for continuous CRP.  Sign-up for continuous CRP began on May 13 and will continue through September 30, 2013.
    For more information on CRP and other FSA programs, visit a local FSA service center or www.fsa.usda.gov.  
    COC ELECTION NOMINATIONS
     
    It is time again for farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to begin nominating eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees.
    The election of agricultural producers to Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees is important to ALL farmers and ranchers.  It is crucial that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
    County committee members are a critical component of the operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level.  Farmers and ranchers who serve on county committees help with the decisions necessary to administer the programs in their counties. They work to ensure FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.
    FSA county committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws. County committee members apply their judgment and knowledge to make local decisions.
    The county is divided into three districts referred to as Local Administrative Areas (LAAs).  An election is held in one of these areas alternately each year, with the elected individual serving a three-year term.  The area of Crawford County hosting this year’s election is LAA2 which includes the townships of Sherman, Crawford & Sheridan. Steve Murphy is currently serving in this position and is eligible for re-nomination.
    Page 2 of 2 - All nominees must sign nomination form FSA-669A, which includes a statement that the nominee agrees to serve if elected.
    The COC nomination period runs from June 17, 2013 through August 1, 2013.  The nomination form is available at USDA Service Centers and online.
    Voting takes place in the fall.  Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by November 4. The final day to return voted ballots to the local USDA Service Center this year is December 2.  Newly elected county committee members take office Jan. 1, 2014.
    For more information contact your local FSA office.  
    DATES TO REMEMBER
    06/07/2013    2011 Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) Sign-Up Ends
    06/14/2013    CRP General Sign-Up Ends
    07/15/2013    Final Acreage Reporting for Spring-Seeded Crops
    08/02/2013    2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment (DCP) Sign-Up Ends
    One Week Left to Sign Up for CRP
    Only a week remains for producers to sign up for the 45th general Conservation Reserve Program. Producers can sign up by June 14 to receive cost-share assistance to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers and receive annual rental payment for the length of the contract, which is 10-15 years. For the past 27 years, CRP has become one of the largest conservation effort with 27 million acres enrolled in the program. Those acres have improved water and air quality, prevented soil erosion and increased populations of pheasants, quail, ducks and rare species like the sage grouse and lesser prairie chicken. Those interested should contact their local FSA county office to sign up.
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