AGRI-BUSINESS NEWS AND NOTES

If you have visited your local FSA Office and signed into one of the programs such as DCP, you may be experiencing a delay in receiving your payment. This delay could be due to several unrelated issues. Due to continuing budget constraints, most FSA Offices are working with a very short staff. In addition, several new regulations put into place to ensure we are making proper payments adds to the time it takes to review every producer's eligibility and ultimately issue payments. Another problem is performance of the program Web sites. As more and more of our programs move to the Web we are finding significant issues that need to be addressed. While USDA has a top-notch team working on the problems a solution to the issues we are running into has not yet been found. For that reason, the entire country has been assigned access times to the Web.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

If you have visited your local FSA Office and signed into one of the programs such as DCP, you may be experiencing a delay in receiving your payment.

This delay could be due to several unrelated issues. Due to continuing budget constraints, most FSA Offices are working with a very short staff. In addition, several new regulations put into place to ensure we are making proper payments adds to the time it takes to review every producer's eligibility and ultimately issue payments. Another problem is performance of the program Web sites. As more and more of our programs move to the Web we are finding significant issues that need to be addressed. While USDA has a top-notch team working on the problems a solution to the issues we are running into has not yet been found. For that reason, the entire country has been assigned access times to the Web.

FSA Offices in the various time zones must adhere to the access times assigned to them. In Ohio, FSA Offices will be allowed to access Web-based applications from 8 until 11 a.m. only. County offices will not be allowed to use the Web sites outside of the prescribed times until a resolution to the performance problems is found. Locally, we have no control over this mandate. For that reason, all producers will need to make their appointments for 2007 DCP Sign Up during the 8 to 11 a.m. timeframe. Having such a small window in which to work on the Web, the DCP signup and the issuance of all payments will be very slow.

As soon as restrictions on Web access are lifted we will notify you.

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