Farm Services News By Claudia Baney

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2011 DCP sign-up begins
For those producers eligible for the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program, the sign-up deadline is June 1. This is a mandatory deadline for all participants and USDA will not accept any late-file applications. Signatures of all producers receiving a share in DCP payments are required by the June 1 deadline.

2011 crop reporting
Farmers are encouraged to stop by the local Farm Service Agency to make their annual report. For any producers raising small grains, including wheat, the last day to report those crops is May 31.

Conservation reserve program sign-up continues through Friday
The Conservation Reserve Program is the largest voluntary private-land conservation program. It helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers use their environmentally sensitive land for conservation purposes. CRP assists in creating new wildlife habitat, enhancing water, soil, and air quality through a variety of covers that can be established on the offered land.
In return for offering the land, the Farm Service Agency provides participants rental payments, cost share and technical assistance, and does so on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation.
This is the second consecutive year there has been a general CRP sign-up. Eligible participants can sign up new land into this program if eligibility requirements have been met.
At the time of sign-up, participants should be prepared to identify the acreage they want to offer. If the land is owned by more than one person, all owners must agree to enroll the land prior to the end of sign up.
Contracts awarded under this sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1.
For more information on the general Conservation Reserve Program sign-up, please contact the Owen County FSA office or access the website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

2011 NAP crops
Producers who have enrolled in the 2011 NAP are reminded that all crops must be reported to the local Farm Service office no less than 15 days prior to the initial harvest.
This includes, but is not limited to all forages. It is required that all producers certify their alfalfa and mixed hay to the local farm service office prior to harvest.
Producers who were enrolled in the 2010 NAP program need to provide actual production to the Farm Service office before July 15 to establish an actual production history yield. Once a person establishes four years of actual production history, their yield will be based on the actual production to calculate benefits should a disaster occur.

Livestock indemnity program
 LIP offers livestock owners and contract growers compensation for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Adverse weather events include losses due to lightning, floods, hurricanes, blizzards, wildfires, extreme heat and extreme cold.
For more information on USDA and FSA programs contact Ronn Pelfrey, county executive director at the Owenton Farm Service Center, 205 West Perry Street, Owenton; (502) 484-3979.