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Time for 2011 crop reporting

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Farm Service News by Claudia Baney

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

DCP sign-up begins
For those producers eligible for the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program, the deadline for applications 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.

Reserve program 41 sign-up continues
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 specific 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.
Following sign-up, all offers for CRP will be evaluated and ranked using an Environmental Benefits Index for the environmental benefits to be gained from enrolling the land in CRP. The EBI consists of five environmental factors (wildlife, water, soil, air, and enduring benefits) and a cost factor. Decisions on the EBI cutoff will be made after the sign-up ends and after analyzing the EBI data of all the offers. 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 Non-Insured Assistance Program 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, 2011, to establish an actual production history yield.