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Notes for Erie, Huron county farmers

Register • Aug 21, 2014 at 4:40 AM

USDA sending acreage history, yield reports

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia announced farmers should start receiving notices updating them on their current base acres, yields and 2009-2012 planting history. The written updates are an important part of preparing agricultural producers for the new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“We’re sending these reports to make sure that farmers and ranchers have key information as they make critical decisions about programs that impact their livelihood” said Garcia. “It’s important that producers take a few minutes to cross check the information they receive with their own farm records. If the information is correct, no further action is needed at this time. But if our letter is incomplete or incorrect, producers need to contact their local FSA county office as soon as possible”

Verifying the accuracy of data on a farm’s acreage history is an important step for producers enrolling in the upcoming Agriculture Risk Coverage program and the Price Loss Coverage program. Later this summer, farmers and ranchers will have an opportunity to update their crop yield information and reallocate base acres.

“We’re working hard to prepare and educate farmers on the new programs created by the 2014 Farm Bill” added Garcia. “I encourage producers to bring their USDA notice to any scheduled appointments with the local FSA county office. This will help ensure they have the information they need with them to discuss the available program options”

By mid-winter all producers on a farm will be required to make a one-time, unanimous and irrevocable election between price protection and county revenue protection or individual revenue protection for 2014-2018 crop years. Producers can expect to sign contracts for ARC or PLC for the 2014 and 2015 crop years in early 2015.

Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (includes short grain rice and temperate japonica rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity. 

•August 2014: Producers receive letters notifying them of current bases and yields and 2009 to 2012 planting history.

•Late summer 2014: ARC and PLC online tools become available. Owners have opportunity to update yields and reallocate bases for ARC/PLC purposes.

•Winter 2014: ARC/PLC one-time elections occur. n Early 2015: ARC/PLC signup for 2014 and 2015 starts.

Visit fsa.usda.gov or the local FSA office for information about FSA and the 2014 Farm Bill programs.

This announcement was made possible through the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America.

For more information, visit usda.gov/farmbill.

Want to learn more about the new programs?

Four Farm Bill meetings are scheduled throughout August and September in Ohio for your convenience. Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Farm Bureau, USDA Farm Service Agency, and The Ohio State University Extension will co-host the informational meetings on the 2014 Farm Bill.

The meetings will focus on how the changes in the 2014 Farm Bill will impact producers and their operations. Topics covered include an overview of programs and changes, deadlines and requirements and an introduction to what tools are available in the marketplace.

Two distinguished farm policy experts will provide information about the 2014 Farm Bill crop commodity programs at these meetings.

Jon Coppess is a clinical assistant professor of law and policy in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois. Coppess recently served as Chief Counsel of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and was influential in the results of the 2014 Farm Bill. Dr. Carl Zulauf is a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. Zulauf specializes in agricultural policy and is well known for offering his policy expertise at various state and national agriculture outlook meetings.

Adam Sharp, vice president of public policy, Ohio Farm Bureau, will moderate the meetings. 

Locations and dates of the meetings are:

•1 p.m. Monday, at Fisher Auditorium, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster

•9 a.m. Tuesday, at George M. Smart Athletic Center, Defiance College, 701 N. Clinton St., Defiance

•7 p.m. Tuesday, at Boyd Cultural Arts Center, Wilmington College, 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington

•2 p.m. Sept. 16, at Farm Science Review, Vice President’s Tent, 135 Ohio 38, London

To register for one of the meetings, visit go.osu.edu/summer2014farmbill.

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