Crop disaster program sign-up continues
Eligible farmers who suffered quantity losses to their crops in recent years can enroll in the Crop Disaster Program 2005-2007 (CDP) at the Huron and Erie County FSA Service Center. FSA will announce and conduct sign-up for quality losses under CDP as soon as possible. Certain crop producers suffered major financial losses as the result of a natural disaster during the last couple of years. Subject to final rules for the program, CDP provides benefits to farmers who suffered losses to the 2005 to 2007 crops from natural disasters and related conditions so long as the actual crop lost was planted or prevented from being planted before Feb. 28, 2007. Producers who incurred qualifying losses in 2005, 2006 or 2007 must choose only one year to receive benefits. Producers may apply for benefits for losses to multiple crops as long as the losses occurred in the same crop year.
Only producers who obtained crop insurance coverage or coverage under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for the year of loss will be eligible for CDP benefits. Producers must have suffered quantity losses in excess of 35 percent to be eligible for CDP. The payment rate is set at 42 percent of the established price. Assistance, together with any crop insurance or NAP payment received for the same crop and including the value of the crop production not lost, must not exceed 95 percent of the total value of the crop absent the disaster. FSA offices may accept information from producers about quality losses when producers submit applications for quantity losses.
However, FSA will only consider quality loss applications complete after FSA announces the quality loss sign-up date and all other information necessary to determine eligibility is received by FSA. Also, FSA will not consider applications completed for any loss, including quantity losses, until a final rule has been issued for this program.
Lake Erie CREP available
Farmers and landowners in northwest Ohio can take advantage of some money available and be good stewards of the land at the same time. How can this be possible? By participating in the Lake Erie Conservation Reserve CREP is an incentive program that combines resources from partners like the Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Pheasants Forever and the Conservation Action Project, among others, to promote the enrollment of 67,000 acres of farmland in a variety of conservation practices. The Lake Erie CREP is focused on improving water quality and soil conservation in the Lake Erie Watershed, with a special emphasis on the Blanchard and Tiffin Rivers as important tributaries on the Maumee River. The Lake Erie CREP is available in 27 counties which includes Erie and Huron counties. Farmers and landowners can choose from a number of practices including grass buffer strips, hardwood tree plantings, wildlife habitat, wetlands and windbreaks that work together to prevent chemicals, soils and other contaminants from running off of cropland and into waterways. Also, participants can earn money on less economically viable land, such as, land along ditch banks, streams, and woodlands. Lake Erie CREP participants will receive 155 to 225 percent per/acre soil rental rate for implementing the conservation practices. Also available, is up to a 50 percent cost share and other incentives to largely offset expenditures incurred while implementing the practice. As well as, significant state incentives of up to $1,000/per acre on select practices. The program will run on a continuous basis, meaning eligible land may be enrolled at any time until 67,000 acres have been enrolled, or Dec. 31, whichever comes first. Interested landowners and farmers should contact your local FSA office or the SWCD office to learn more about the Lake Erie CREP, before it’s too late.
Removal of approved elevator announced
USDA announces that Central Erie Supply & Elevator of Kimball has been removed from the uniform grain storage agreement list. The request for termination from the list was requested by the warehouse operator. No additional CCC-owned or loan commodities, or commodities delivered to CCC for purchase under a price support program subject to the terms of the UGRSA can be stored or handled through this warehouse.