As you’re planting, remember FSA deadlines

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Hello Again!

Is your corn in the ground? Is your wheat ready for the bin? Are you prepping for beans yet? Are you just a bit busy right now?

With all this sunshine and the days getting longer you’re still not done? You know there’s hay to mow, hogs to slop, eggs to gather, a garden to put in. … Believe me, we understand you can be more than a little busy this time of year.

Trying to balance the demands of planting, the begininning of harvest on some crops, working livestock and then the routine farm and household chores, there just does not seem to be enough hours in a day!

All of that and you have to remember these FSA program deadlines to boot. Hopefully, you were able to visit your local FSA office before things got “too” hectic to get your enrollement for 2013 DCP and Acre taken care. In case you haven’t, better hurry up and set up a time with your FSA office to “git er done!”

You’ve only got until June 3 to enroll in Acre for this year. You catch a break with DCP and have until Aug. 2 to enroll in DCP (and yes, that’s after the deadline for reporting your crops).

Did you have enough storage space last year for your hay crop? What about your grains? You know we do offer low interest loans with terms of 7, 10 and 12 years to assist with farm storage of saleable commodities. The most common structures are grain bins, hay barns and even cold storage for fruits and vegeatables.

Amounts of up to $500,000 are available and current interst rates range from 1.25 percent for a 7-year term to 2.375 percent for the 12-year term.

If you would like more information, talk to us at the FSA.Speaking of deadlines, if you still have 2012 grain in the bin that is not under contract and need a marketing assistance loan, for the 2012 crop, the last day to apply is May 31 with interest rates being 1.125 percent for this nine-month loan.

The last day to apply for a SURE payment for the 2011 crop year is June 7. And if this isn’t enough to get you to come down and see us, you know crop reporting can be done as soon as you are done with your planting.

Remember the final reporting dates for crop acerage is July 1 for small grains and July 15 for all other crops. Last but not least, the USDA will be conducting a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program, beginning May 20 and ending on June 14.

Currently, about 320,000 acres are enrolled in CRP in Ohio. Producers that are accepted in the signup can receive cost-share assistance to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers and receive an annual rental payment for the length of the contract (10-15 years).

Contracts on approximately 55,000 acres of CRP in Ohio are set to expire on Sept. 30. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.So call us and set up up a time to come see us and let us help you. Have a blessed day.

That’s all for now, FSA Andy

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FSA Andy is written by USDA Farm Service Agency county executive directors in northeastern Ohio. More Stories by FSA Andy

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