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Farm service program availability update
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia on March 24 recommended that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in Farm Service Agency programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local Farm Service Agency Service Center before Tuesday, April 15.
Examples of updates or changes to report include:
•New producers or producers who have not reported farm records to the Farm Service Agency.
•Producers who have recently bought, sold, or rented land. Reports of purchased or sold property should include a copy of the land deed, and if land has been leased, then documentation should be provided that indicates the producer had/has control of the acreage.
•Producers that have changed business structures (e.g. formed a partnership or LLC) need to ensure that these relationships and shares are properly recorded with the Farm Service Agency.
Farm records can be updated during business hours at Farm Service Agency Service Centers that administer the county where the farm or ranch is located.
Enrollment for the disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, including the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, will begin by April 15. While any producer may report farm records and business structure changes, it is especially important for producers who suffered livestock, livestock grazing, honeybee, farm-raised fish, or tree/vine losses for 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014, and may be eligible for assistance through one of the four disaster programs.
For more information, contact the Wilson County Farm Service Agency Service Center at 830-393-3411.
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