Important deadlines for crop year 2012
Direct and Counter Cyclical Program
Direct and Counter Cyclical Program
Sign-up for the DCP program will start Jan. 23 and will end June 1, 2012. If you missed the June 1 deadline, procedure does allow the County Committee to approve late filed applications till Aug. 1. Sign-up is an annual enrollment so producers have to complete the enrollment process with the FSA Office yearly.
Average Crop Revenue Election Program
Sign-up for the ACRE program will start Jan. 23 and will also end June 1, 2012. If you missed the June 1 deadline, procedure does allows the County Committee to approve late filed applications till Aug. 1. Producers have to annually enroll their farms into the ACRE program after the year they made the ACRE Election.
Producers have until June 1, 2012 to make an ACRE Election for farms that are currently not covered under the ACRE provisions. Producers can make an ACRE Election in any crop year from 2009 through 2012.
ACRE Production Evidence
Producers who "Elected" the ACRE provisions in 2011 on farms they operate have until July 15, 2012, to provide production evidence to the FSA Office. Evidence for crop years 2006 through 2011 will need to be provided by this deadline to avoid getting county plug yields. Producers who made the ACRE Election in prior years have until July 15, 2012, to provide our office with crop year 2011 production data. Producers will be allowed to use Crop Insurance production data.
Provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill require participants to certify their planted acres and CRP with the FSA Office to remain eligible for program benefits. The deadline to certify your planted acres with the FSA Office is July 15, 2012.
Commodity loans are available to producers who have grain stored on the farm or in an approved warehouse. Commodity loans are low interest loans that will mature nine months after the month the loan is disbursed. The final date to apply for a small grain loan is March 31, 2012, and the final date to apply for a corn or soybean loan is May 31, 2012. Producers should contact the FSA Office to start the loan process. Producers should plan on the process taking at least one week from the time of application to the time of disbursement.
Non-Insured Disaster Assistance Program
Sign-up for the NAP program will end March 15, 2012, for annual spring seeded crops and pasture for grazing. The NAP program provides weather related loss protection for all crops commercially produced for food or fiber for which Federal Crop insurance is not available. There is a $250 per crop fee, not to exceed $750 per county, or $1,875 per producer with farming interests in multiple counties. Producers must file a notice of loss within 15 days after the date of the disaster condition or damage to the crop is obvious. NAP will also cover other commodities such as aquaculture, floriculture, ornamental nursery, Christmas tree crops, industrial crops and seed crops. Contact your local FSA Office if you have question about the NAP Program.
Producers and landowner who have CRP contracts that will be expiring this year will have until Oct. 1, 2012, to re-enroll those contract acres. You will be notified in advance of your contract expiration and what is needed to re-enroll. Please contact your local FSA Office to start the re-enrollment process before it is too late. There is no procedure to allow a re-enrollment after Oct. 1, 2012.
Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payment Program
Sign-up for the 2010 Crop Year SURE program will end July 1, 2012. Producers who suffered crop losses in 2010 should contact your local FSA office to see if you may be eligible for coverage under the SURE program. The SURE program is a disaster related program to cover crop losses due to natural disasters. Producers should contact their control county to start the application process.
Farm Storage Facility Loan Program
Producers who are in need of additional storage, need to make improvements to existing facilities, need a new grain dryer or new grain handling equipment can apply for an FSFL loan any time prior to starting any construction. Loans can be approved for up to $500,000 and repayment terms vary from seven to 12 years. Your local FSA Offices have application packages available to assist producers in making an application.
Farm Changes (reconstitutions)
Aug. 1, 2012, is the final date to notify the FSA office of any farm changes needed for the 2012 crop year. If you have purchased land we will need a copy of the filed deed and please notify our office if you have sold land or will not be operating a farm in crop year 2012.