The deadline has been extended to enroll eligible land into the Conservation Reserve ProgramÂ sign-up because of increased interest.
Farmers and landowners now have until Friday to enroll in the CRP. Contracts awarded under this sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1.
Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall may make new contract offers. The FSA will evaluate and rank eligible CRP offers using an Environmental Benefits Index that shows the wildlife, water, soil, and air benefits of enrolling the land in CRP.
Decisions on the EBI cutoff will be made after the sign-up ends and after analyzing the EBI data of all the offers. Contact the local FSA office at 419-294-2127 for an appointment or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/crp for additional information.
The FSA has announced a new conservation initiative to protect as much as 750,000 acres of the nation’s most highly erodible croplands. This initiative will assist producers with targeting their most highly erodible cropland (land with an erodibility index of 20 or greater) by enabling them to plant wildlife-friendly, long-term cover through the Conservation Reserve Program.
Producers can enroll land on a continuous basis beginning this summer at Wyandot County Farm Service Agency office. With the use of soil survey and geographic information system data, local FSA staff will be able to determine a producer’s eligibility for the CRP initiative.
February payment rate for the Milk Income Loss Contract program is $0.3895043 per hundredweight.
This is the first time there has been a payment for MILC since April 2010. Dairy producers are affected by the market price for milk and the price of feed to sustain their herds. While milk prices have remained above the $16.94 base used in the MILC calculation, the increase in feed prices has triggered payments because of the feed ration component.
MILC payments are triggered when the Boston Class I milk price falls below $16.94 per hundredweight, after adjustment for the cost of dairy feed rations. MILC payments are calculated each month using the latest milk price and feed cost.
The 2008 Farm Bill authorized MILC through Sept. 30. Producers must meet the average adjusted gross income requirement and provide marketing data to the FSA County Office in order to qualify. New dairy producers can apply for program benefits anytime through Sept. 30 at local FSA offices.
Additional information about the MILC program can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/milc2011.pdf, or by visiting a local FSA Service Center.
By VICKI ORIANS