Ag Wire: Nomination period open for FSA county committee election

The election of agricultural producers to FSA county committees is important to all farmers and ranchers. It is crucial that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The  nomination period for county committee members is June 17-Aug. 1, 2013.

County committee members are a critical component of the operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level. Farmers and ranchers who serve on county committees help with the decisions necessary to administer the programs in their counties. They work to ensure FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.

FSA county committee members operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws. The members apply their judgment and knowledge to make local decisions.

Nomination forms are available at USDA Service Centers and at www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/fsa0669a_commiteeelectform.pdf.

Payments require compliance  required with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions

Landowners and operators are reminded that in order to receive payments from USDA, they must be compliant with Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions. Farmers with HEL determined soils must apply tillage, crop residue and rotation requirements as specified in their conservation plan.

Producers should notify FSA prior to conducting land clearing or drainage projects to ensure compliance. For anyone intending to clear trees to create new cropland, those areas will need to be reviewed to ensure any work will not jeopardize eligibility for benefits.

Landowners and operators can complete form AD-1026 Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification to determine whether a referral to Natural Resources Conservation Services is necessary.

2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) sign-up ends

The DCP sign-up period is still open, but will end on Aug. 2, 2013.

The 2013 DCP program provisions are unchanged from 2012. Producers with level 2 access who wish to enroll online should start now. If problems are encountered, contact the local FSA office immediately. For more information, or to set up an appointment to enroll, contact the Osage County FSA office at 115 W. 17th St., Lyndon, or call 785-828-4631.

Information from Osage County FSA.

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