|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:45|
Steve Maurer, the Ohio Farm Service Agency State Executive Director, reminds producers of two important Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program 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 next Monday. Contracts filed after this date will be elevated from the county office to the state office and will require State Committee action.
Additionally, Maurer reminds producers 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 Sept. 30.
Changes that qualify 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," said Maurer. "Failure to report a succession-in-interest can result in contract termination and a loss of program benefits for all producers involved."
Further details are available at the FSA office.
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