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FSA Grants Date Extension on Filing Farm Structure Changes

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September 2nd, 2014

The FSA just announced that the deadline to finalize your 2014 farm structure for all programs has been extended to September 26, 2014.  Future 2014 Farm Bill Programs will look at the 2014 farm structure for eligibility and other requirements, so any changes or updates must be in place by this new deadline to be […]

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Enrollment for Dairy Margin Management Program Begins September 2

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August 28th, 2014

The USDA announced today that the new Dairy Margin Management Program (MPP) will be open for enrollment starting next Tuesday, September 2, 2014.  Enrollment will end November 28, 2014 and dairy farmers will be able to retroactively enroll back to September 1 for 2014 and enroll for all of 2015.  The elections are separate for 2014 […]

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FBS Conference – Hedging Accounting and Taxation

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August 24th, 2014

I will be presenting at the FBS Systems Annual Conference in Moline, Illinois on Tuesday August 26, 2014.  This is a full day workshop in conjunction with Norm Brown (owner of FBS Systems) on hedging accounting and taxation based upon the standards issued by the Farm Financial Standards Council. This workshop will review the standards, […]

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Split ARC and PLC to Maximize Payments

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August 10th, 2014

Under the 2014 Farm Bill, a farm will need to decide between ARC and PLC on a covered crop-by-crop basis.  However, many farmers have multiple farms registered with the FSA office(s).  These farms may be composed of operations in multiple counties or states; multiple entity ownership; or for a number of other reasons. Since the election is by […]

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FSA Extends 2012/2013 Emergency Assistance to August 15, 2014

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August 4th, 2014

The FSA announced today that they are extending the deadline for Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) deadline for 2012 and 2013 losses from August 1, 2014 to August 15, 2014.  This deadline applies to assistance for damages incurred between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2013 (the governments fiscal years). […]

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FSA Issues Another Update on Base Acres Reallocation

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July 30th, 2014

The FSA issued a release Notice ARCPLC-7 (issued on Wednesday July 30, 2014) on additional information regarding reallocation of base acres.  As previously discussed many times in this blog, each “farm” will have an option to update their base acres to reflect the average acres in production during the 2009 to 2012 crop years.  This […]

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Base Acre Reallocation Options Under the 2014 Farm Bill

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July 24th, 2014

FarmdocDaily just released today an analysis of the base acre reallocation options under the new farm bill.  The report gives a very good analysis of the base acres by the various major crops and the variances between base acres and planted acres for 2012.   Here are charts of the major crops by base acres and […]

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USDA Offers Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Affected by Fires

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July 23rd, 2014

Just north of where I live is burning a very large forest and range fire.  The latest numbers I saw showed close to 300,000 acres or about 400 square miles have been burnt and only about 20% of  the fire is contained.  The local USDA FSA office for Okanogan/Ferry Counties (which are two of the […]

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ACA Subsidies: One Court Strikes Down, Another Upholds

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July 22nd, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday morning that the insurance subsidies granted through the federally run health exchange, which covered 36 states for the first open enrollment period, are not allowed by the law.  Subsidies provided by state ran exchanges would still be allowed. The highly anticipated opinion in the […]

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Help on Updating Your Payment Yield

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July 13th, 2014

Farmdoc Daily released information on Friday on updating your farm payment yields.  These payment yields will be used in calculating any PLC payments and will not affect ARC calculations.  However, if the option to update yields will result in higher yields, it will usually pay to update the yield since future farm bills may refer […]

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