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New director, signup dates announced

Perkins County FSA County Committee selected a new county executive director (CED) on Feb. 8.  Teri Moss, currently the CED in Chase County will be taking on duties beginning later this month.  The staff welcomes Teri and is anxious to get “back to normal.” More news about Teri and her background will come in a later issue.
Producers can now enroll into the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) or Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE).
Sign-up began Jan. 23 and ends June 1, 2012. Producers are encouraged to contact the FSA office now at (308)352-4747 ext. 2 for an appointment to complete the enrollment process prior to the busy planting season.
This is the final year that DCP and ACRE are authorized under the provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Since 2009, producers have had the option to participate in either DCP or ACRE.  
A producer who chose to enroll in DCP in previous years has the option to switch to ACRE for 2012; however, producers who previously chose to enroll in ACRE cannot switch back to DCP.
Both DCP and ACRE participants receive a direct payment calculated using historical base acres and payment yields established for each farm, at crop-specific rates established by statute, regardless of market price.  A farm’s direct payment for ACRE participants is reduced by 20 percent and marketing assistance loan rates are reduced by 30 percent.  
The Farm Bill stipulated that advance direct payments will not be available in 2012.
Participants in DCP may earn a counter-cyclical payment if a commodity’s effective price falls below a targeted level (price decline), while ACRE participants may earn additional payments when there is a loss to total revenue (price or yield decline).  
ACRE revenue payments are calculated using actual planted acres on the farm, and are earned when both the state and farm have incurred a revenue loss.
Producers who participated in ACRE in prior years are reminded that they must report actual 2011 production to FSA by July 15.
For additional information on the DCP or ACRE programs, contact the Perkins County FSA Office in Grant.
Sign-up for 2010 Losses
The sign-up for 2010 losses begins Nov. 14, 2011, and will end June 1, 2012. The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) provides benefits for farm revenue losses due to natural disasters that incurred in the crop year 2010. SURE is available to eligible producers on:
• Farms in counties with secretarial disaster declarations, including contiguous counties, that have incurred crop production or quality losses, or both, and includes all crops grown by a producer nationwide, except grazed crops.
• Any farm in which, for the crop year, the actual production on the farm because of disaster-related conditions is 50 percent or less than normal production of the farm.
Perkins County did not have a Disaster Declaration for 2010.  In order to be eligible for 2010 SURE, a producer must have had a loss of 50 percent loss on the entire operation.  If you suffered a 50 percent loss for 2010, please contact the office so we may run your SURE workbook to see if you qualify for a payment, and have you sign the application for the program.
FSA Information by E-mail
Nebraska FSA is implementing a new process to provide notification of program information and deadlines. Newsletters, reminders, and other related information may now be sent by e-mail to your home or office computer, or Smartphone. Use of this process will allow FSA to save resources while providing more efficient and timely notifications.
Farm or customer specific correspondence will still be mailed in hard copy. Customers who wish to enroll in this service may contact our office for assistance in enrolling.
2012 NAP Sign Up
The Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers on noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster.
Purchasing NAP coverage also meets any risk management purchase requirements (RMPR) for future disaster programs. Any landowner, tenant or sharecropper who shares in the risk of producing a NAP eligible crop and is entitled to an ownership share of that crop is considered eligible to purchase NAP.
Eligible crops must be commercially produced agricultural commodity crops for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance in not available. Eligible
producers, who wish to participate in the 2012 NAP coverage, sign up at the FSA office where their files are maintained.
The service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. Fee waivers are available for limited resource producers. March 15 is the deadline to purchase NAP insurance on many crops, such as cane for hay. For more details, please contact our office.