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4/10/2013 10:10:00 AM
What's up at the FSA office?
Joyce Davidshofer
Allamakee County Executive Director

The next Allamakee County FSA Committee meeting will announced at a later date.

DCP Sign-Up – February 19 - August  2, 2013
ACRE Sign-Up – February 19 - June 3, 2013
CRP Sign-Up – May 20 – June 14, 2013
Price Support Commodity Loan Deadline - May 31, 2013 for corn & soybeans.

CRP General Sign-Up
USDA will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), beginning May 20 and ending 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.
At this time of this newspaper article, the FSA office does not have the soil rental rates or software to run scenarios. The County Office is gathering information to do preliminary work ahead of time. Contact the Allamakee County FSA Office if you have any questions.

FSA GovDelivery
The USDA Farm Service Agency offices have moved to a paperless news distribution system.
Producers are asked to enroll in the new GovDelivery system, which provides notices, newsletters and electronic reminders instead of a hard copy through the mail.
FSA, like many other organizations, is trying to work smarter and be more efficient. Moving to electronic notifications via email helps conserve resources and save taxpayer dollars.
Producers can now subscribe to receive free email updates by going to

Continued Applicability of Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation Compliance
With the recent one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, producers are reminded that highly erodible land conservation (HELC) and wetland conservation (WC) provisions remain in effect for the 2013 program year. HELC and WC compliance provisions are provided by the Food Security Act of 1985 and amended by subsequent Acts, resulting in the continued application of those provisions.
In order to receive payments from USDA, compliance with Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions is required. Farmers with HEL determined soils are reminded of tillage, crop residue, and rotation requirements as specified per their conservation plan. Producers are to notify the USDA Farm Service Agency prior to conducting land clearing or drainage projects to insure compliance. Failure to obtain advance approval for any of these situations can result in the loss of eligibility and all Federal payments.

Maintaining the Quality of Loaned Grain
Bins are ideally designed to hold a level volume of grain. When bins are overfilled and grain is heaped up, airflow is hindered and the chance of spoilage increases.
Producers who take out marketing assistance loans and use the farm-stored grain as collateral should remember that they are responsible for maintaining the quality of the grain through the term of the loan.  

Unauthorized Disposition of Grain
If loan grain has been disposed of through feeding, selling or any other form of disposal without prior written authorization from the county office staff, it is considered unauthorized disposition. The financial penalties for unauthorized dispositions are severe and a producer’s name will be placed on a loan violation list for a two-year period.  Always call before you haul any grain under loan.  

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