USDA Farm Service Agency Acting Administrator Val Dolcini reminds crop and livestock producers who have recently experienced severe damage from flooding and tornados that FSA programs may be available to assist with recovery.
"Severe weather this spring is making things very difficult for many ranchers and farmers. Learning about our FSA disaster programs is an important first step for producers in the recovery process," Dolcini says.
FSA administers several important programs that help producers recover from disaster damage and livestock deaths. Among the key programs available to address impacts from disasters are the Emergency Conservation Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program, the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program, and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program. Fact sheets for all of these programs can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov; click on Newsroom, then Fact Sheets.
"We encourage all who have suffered a disaster due to the recent severe weather conditions to read the fact sheets and visit their local FSA county office so they get a quick start in the recovery process," Dolcini says.
Additionally, USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator William Murphy reminds Federal crop insurance policyholders that they should notify their crop insurance companies as soon as they discover that their land is flooded.
ACRE/DCP deadline nears
Edward Hamill, executive director of Missouri USDA Farm Service Agency, also reminds producers that June 1, 2011, is the deadline for the 2011 Average Crop Revenue Election Program or the traditional Direct and Counter-cyclical Program. Annual contracts are required to be signed to receive program benefits. This is a mandatory deadline for all participants.
"It is critical for producers to begin the enrollment process now," Hamill says. "Now is the time to call the office to make an appointment so you can get everything you need completed and signed by the June 1 deadline."
All signatures of producers receiving a share in DCP/ACRE payments are required by the June 1, 2011, deadline.
Producers can apply for these programs at any USDA Service Center or online. To access the online service, producers must have an active USDA eAuthentication Level 2 account. To get a Level 2 account, producers must complete an online registration form at http://www.eauth.egov.usda.gov and then visit the local USDA Service Center to verify their identity.
For details on DCP/ACRE programs, visit your local county FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.
Source: Missouri USDA-Farm Service Agency