Ask FSA Andy: Busy time of the year! Sign up now!


Hello Again!

Is your corn in the ground? Are you done with beans yet? What? 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 too…

Believe me, we understand. Trying to balance the demands of planting, the beginning of harvest on some crops, working cattle 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” busy and got your enrollment for 2012 DCP and Acre taken care of. In case you haven’t, better hurry up and set up a time with the FSA office to “get ‘er done!”

You only have until June 1 to enroll in DCP or Acre and this last week can get busy for us as we take care of all of you last-minute shoppers.

The folks in Washington have already told us they won’t be extending the sign-up so if you were hoping on that, well, it might just be best if you get to your local FSA office before June 1. We don’t want any hard feelings.

Farm storage loans. Did you have enough storage space last year for your hay crop? What about your small grains? You know we do offer low interest loans with terms of seven, 10 and 12 years to assist with farm storage of sellable commodities.

The most common structures are grain bins, hay barns and even cold storage for fruits and vegetables. Amounts of up to $500,000 are available and interest rates range from 1.5% for a seven-year term to 2.375% for the 12-year term. Now that’s a good deal!

If you would like more information, talk to us at the FSA.

Speaking of deadlines, if you still have grain in the bin and need a marketing assistance loan for the 2011 crop, the last day to apply is May 31. The last day to apply for a SURE payment for the 2010 crop year is June 1 as well.

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 acreage is June 30 for small grains and July 15 for all other crops. So call, set up a time to come see us and if nothing else just wish us a

Happy Birthday, as we’ve been serving farmers and ranchers for 150 years now and still counting. You have a blessed day!!!

That’s all for now,

FSA Andy


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