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Farm Services News By Claudia Baney

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Deadline approaching for assistance

Producers are reminded of upcoming application deadlines for the Noninsured Assistance Program.  
NAP is designed to reduce financial losses that occur when natural disasters cause a catastrophic loss of production for an eligible crop by providing coverage equivalent to catastrophic insurance. For eligibility information, contact the Owenton Farm Service Office.  

Upcoming NAP application deadlines
Sept. 1 — Christmas trees, crustaceans, finfish, flowers, ginseng, grass-sod
Sept. 30 — barley (grain), canola, oats (spring and winter), wheat
Nov. 11 — apples, blueberries, caneberries, cherries, grapes, honey, peaches, pears, and plums

FSA provides help for livestock losses from heat wave
Livestock producers who incur eligible livestock death losses due to the recent extreme temperatures and other adverse weather events may be eligible for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Indemnity Program. LIP provides assistance to livestock owners and contract growers who experience livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to natural disasters.
For livestock losses that occur in calendar year 2011, producers will have until, the earlier of, 30 days after the livestock loss become apparent to file a notice of loss to FSA, or no later than Oct. 31.
In addition, producers will have until Jan. 30, 2012, to apply for payment.
Adequate documentation must prove the death of eligible livestock occurred as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather event in the calendar year for which benefits are being requested.  
For more information on eligibility stop by the Owenton Farm Service Center or call us at 502-484-3979.

Hispanic and women farmers can seek compensation to resolve  discrimination claims
If you are a female farmer or rancher or a Hispanic farmer or rancher and you believe that the United States Department of Agriculture improperly denied farm loan benefits to you for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000 because of your gender or race, you may be eligible to apply for compensation. “We want all producers in Kentucky who may be eligible to have the opportunity to participate in this claims process,” said John W. McCauley, Kentucky Farm Service Agency state executive director.
The program USDA announced earlier this year with the Department of Justice provides up to $50,000 for each Hispanic or woman farmer who can show that USDA denied them a loan or loan servicing for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000.
This claims process offers a streamlined alternative to litigation and provides at least $1.33 billion in compensation, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers.
Hispanic or women farmers who provide additional proof and meet other requirements can receive a $50,000 reward.
Successful claimants are also eligible for funds to pay the taxes on their awards and for forgiveness of certain existing USDA loans.
There is no filing fees or other costs to claimants to participate in the program. Participation is voluntary, and individuals who decide not to participate may choose to file a complaint in court. However, USDA cannot provide legal advice to potential claimants, and persons seeking legal advice may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider.
Potential claimants can register to receive a claims package by calling the Farmer and Rancher Call Center at (888) 508-4429 or visiting www.farmerclaims.gov.
Claimants have until Aug. 25 to register to receive a claims package. Contact your local FSA Service Center for addition information.
For more information on USDA and FSA programs please contact Ronn Pelfrey, county executive director, at the Owenton Farm Service Center 205 West Perry St., Owenton; (502) 484-3979.