It’s the start of a new year, and we at Jefferson County Farm Service Agency want to help you get a head start now on your FSA farm business needs for this growing season. There are some important things we can take care of during these dark, cold winter months that will free up some of your time once the weather warms, things thaw out, and you’d rather be outside.
ARC/PLC Enrollment: The Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs are the main farm bill safety net tools for commodity crop producers (along with crop insurance), and you must enroll annually in order to receive these financial benefits. While there is still plenty of time to enroll, why not take care of it now and cross it off your to-do list? (Call the office for an appointment.)
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP): This program provides a safety net option for some crops not covered by federal crop insurance, such as alfalfa, perennial grasses, mixed forage, annual fruits and vegetables and others. If you raise crops such as these, come in now and find out more about your options. March 15 is the deadline to apply for 2018 coverage for these crops and others.
Changes to Your Farming Operation: If you have added a farm by lease or purchase, or even just had a change of phone number, email address or physical address, we need to know about it so we can update your farm record in our database. Doing so now will save time later in the year when you come in for acreage certification and other services.
Farm Storage Facility Loans: If you are considering the need for additional on-farm grain storage for 2018, now is a good time to learn more about our FSFL program. Contact the farm loan staff at 402-223-3125 for more information.
When you stop in for these and other services, please make sure to ask for a copy of our 2018 FSA Customer Calendar. It has key program deadlines highlighted for your reference throughout the year.