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AGRI-BUSINESS NEWS AND NOTES - FSA power of attorney can make life easier

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Would an FSA power of attorney make it easier for you to handle your operation?

With the fast pace our lives seem to take these days it is sometimes difficult to accomplish everything we are supposed to be doing.

In many cases, owners of cropland travel several months out of the year making obtaining necessary signatures in a timely manner very difficult for farm operators. If you establish a Power of Attorney in your FSA Office on our form FSA-211, someone else can take care of signing your paperwork in our office when you are unavailable. An FSA-211 POA is only recognized in your FSA Office and only to the extent listed on the form.

A POA is a very simple and convenient method of managing your farming operation in the FSA office.

Here are some agri-business notes from the Huron and Erie County Farm Service Agency:

Reorganization In an effort to be more efficient in our program delivery, we are making some changes. We have had staff members traveling between the Huron and Erie County Office for sometime trying to manage programs at each location. We have determined that we will be more effective if we keep staff members permanently in one location. For that reason, Bev Rockwell will now be stationed in Erie County on a full-time basis and Chandra French will be in Huron County on a full-time basis.

Member appointed The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced the appointment of Bill Bayliss to the Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee.

"Bill's former FSA experience will make him a valuable asset to the FSA State Committee and we welcome his insight and commitment to serve his fellow agricultural community," said John Stevenson, Ohio's FSA state executive director.

FSA state committees are responsible for the general direction and supervision of state FSA programs. Committees keep farmers informed of agency program activities while resolving appeals and complaints. Members also maintain cooperative relationships with the agribusiness community.

Bayliss resides in West Mansfield, located in Logan County. He is a first generation farm owner and operator with more than 35 years of experience. Bayliss currently raises grain crops, cattle and sheep on his farm. Bayliss began his involvement with FSA back in 1968 serving on the Logan County Community Committee until 1984. While serving on the committee he held the position of Vice Chairman from 1977 through 1984. In 1984, Bayliss became the County Executive Director (CED) for Lorain County under the former Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service (ASCS) until 1991. Bayliss was then chosen by the Miami County Committee to serve as CED in Miami County until he retired from FSA in 2005.

Special assistance available Everyone needs a little help sometime or another. If you have an issue such as a vision or hearing impairment or any other disability that requires special accommodation just let us know.

Selling land If you're planning to sell farmland, there may be some program consequences you should be aware of. For example, if you're planning to sell land that's enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, the buyer must agree to continue the enrollment.

If the buyer doesn't want to continue the CRP contract, you will have to refund all of the payments you've received to date, plus interest, incentives, and liquidated damages.

If a farm is enrolled in DCP and you sell land you must report that information to the FSA so your contract can be updated.

Diana Strouse is the county executive director for the Huron and Erie County Farm Service Agency. For more information, call the agency at (419) 668-4113.

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