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FSA NEWS: Burley farmers won't have to designate selling location

Change is in response to grower comments
and gives growers more flexibility in operations

Adair County Farm Service Agency

December 6, 2004: Burley Tobacco farmers are no longer required to designate the location where their tobacco will sell.

In response to a proposed rule published in the Federal Register in June of this year, over 60% of public responses call for discontinuing designation after the first week of tobacco sales. The change in designation requirements is in response to public comment and will allow farmers the flexibility needed to market their crop.Tobacco marketing cards may now be utilized to sell tobacco produced on the farm for which the marketing card is issued at the designation of the producers choice.

County FSA offices are authorized to begin making 2005 crop DCP advance payments as of December 1, 2004. The DCP program unlike the past PFC contracts for grain and other commodity crops requires an annual signup. Producers who elect to receive 50 percent of the guaranteed direct payment in advance may designate the month in which the payment should be issued.

Provide habitat, get paid rental, bonus

A new and very interesting CRP practice has been added to the Continuous or on going CRP signup. The practice is designed to provide habitat for upland birds in response to the continued decline in species such as quail.

The practice know as a CP-33 Habitat Buffer for Upland Birds pays an annual rental payment throughout the 10 year contract period on the outside edge of crop fields. It isnt hard to detect the loss of yield around the perimeter of a field where fence rows and woodland is encountered.

Basically this outside area competes with other plants for nutrients and moisture and lowers the yield per acre each year. In many cases a habitat buffer can be utilized with very little loss in production.

The buffer can be as little as 30 or as much as 120 feet in width. Eligible land must be fields that have been cropped or have crop history in 4 of the six years from 1996 through 2001.

The acreage must be planted to a mixture of Native Warm Season (NWS) grasses and Forbs or can be planted to a small grain cover crop and allowed to naturally re vegetate. Acreage planted to NWS grasses will be seeded to 3 pounds of three grasses and 2 pounds of four different forbs per acre. Mowing is restricted during the nesting season for birds and other animals.

A signup bonus is paid at the rate of $10 for each acre for each year of the contract. The $100 per acre Signup Incentive Payment is paid within 30 days of contract approval by the County FSA Committee. A Practice Incentive Payment based on 40 percent of the eligible cost of completing the buffer will be paid in addition to 50 percent cost share assistance when the practice is established. Annual Rental Payments are calculated based on pre established soil rental rates.

Planting date now required

Acreage reports for 2005 crops now require that the planting date be entered for each field. In cases where a field was planted over a period of several days an average planting date must be entered. Producers can prepare for acreage reporting next spring by recording dates that fields are planted on a daily basis.

When crops are prevented from being planted during the normal planting period due to natural disaster conditions producers may file for prevented planting acreage credit. In order to receive credit for prevented planting a producer must establish an intention to plant timely. The intention to plant can be documented by evidence such as land preparation or ordering or accepting delivery of fertilizer and seed.

Requests for prevented planting credit must be filed with FSA on form CCC-576 within 15 calendar days after the latter of the occurrence of the prevented planting or the end of the planting period.

The final or end planting dates established for Kentucky are November 15 for Wheat and Barley, May 31 for Corn and Popcorn, June 10 for Grain Sorghum, and June 15 for Soybeans.

Contact your local FSA office for additional information, they will be happy to assist you.

This story was posted on 2004-12-09 10:20:15
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