Important Sept. FSA deadlines
USDA South Dakota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Craig Schaunaman reminds producers of two important Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) deadlines this month.
Producers who have either not yet enrolled in DCP or have not yet signed their DCP contracts must do so by close of business Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Contracts filed after this date will be elevated from the county office to the state office and will require State Committee action.
Producers are reminded that any succession-in-interest changes made to an operation that affect interest in base acres since the current DCP contract on file was signed, must be reported to the local FSA office by close of business Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.
Changes that qualify as a succession-in-interest include:
· sale of land
· change of operator or producer, including an increase or decrease in the number of partners
· foreclosure, bankruptcy or involuntary loss of the farm
· change in producer shares to reflect changes in the producer’s share of the crop(s) that were originally approved on the contract.
In the event of a succession-in-interest, the ‘predecessor,’ is required to refund any advance DCP payments received for the affected base acres before a payment can be made to the successor. Failure to report a succession-in-interest can result in contract termination and a loss of program benefits for all producers involved.
Further information on DCP is available at local FSA offices or on FSA’s DCP website at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/dcp.