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Annual review of payment eligibility for new crop year

• Oct 13, 2018 at 8:00 AM

All participants of FSA programs who request program benefits are required to submit acompleted CCC-902 (Farming Operation Plan) and CCC-941 Average Gross Income (AGI) Certification and Consent to Disclosure of Tax Information to be considered for payment eligibility and payment limitation applicable for the program benefits. Participants are not required to annually submit new CCC-902s for payment eligibility and payment limitation purposes unless a change in the farming operation occurs that may affect the determination of record. A valid CCC-902 filed by the participant is considered to be a continuous certification used for all payment eligibility and payment limitation determinations applicable for the program benefits requested.

Participants are responsible for ensuring that all CCC-902 and CCC-941 and related forms on file in the county Office are correct at all times. Participants are required to timely notify the county office of any changes in the farming operation that may affect the determination of record by filing a new or updated CCC-902 as applicable.

Changes that may require a new determination include, but are not limited to, a change of: Shares of a contract, which may reflect: a land lease from cash rent to share rent; a land lease from share rent to cash rent (subject to the cash rent tenant rule); a modification of a variable/fixed bushel rent arrangement; the size of the producer’s farming operation by the addition or reduction of cropland that may affect the application of a cropland factor; the structure of the farming operation, including any change to a member’s share; the contribution of farm inputs of capital, land, equipment, active personal labor, and/or active personal management; farming interests not previously disclosed on CCC-902 including the farming interests of a spouse or minor child; financial status that may affect the three-year average for the determination of average AGI or other changes that affects eligibility under the average adjusted gross income limitations.

Participants are encouraged to file or review these forms within the deadlines established for each applicable program for which program benefits are being requested.

In other news...

Filing CCC-941 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) certifications: Producers are reminded to complete and file form CCC-941, Adjusted Gross Income Certification to receive Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments, Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) and Market Gains on Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs). LDPs and MFP payments will not be paid until all eligible producers, including landowners who share in the crop, have filed a valid CCC-941. Producers without a valid CCC- 941 certifying their compliance with the average adjusted gross income provisions will not receive payments that have been processed. All farm operator/tenants/owners who have not filed a CCC-941 and have pending payments should immediately file the form with their recording county FSA office. Farm operators and tenants are encouraged to ensure that their landowners have filed the form.

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USDA launches trade mitigation programs: The sign-up period for MFP is now open and runs through Jan. 15, with information and instructions provided at www.farmers.gov/mfp. MFP provides payments to cotton, corn, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers who have been significantly impacted by actions of foreign governments resulting in the loss of traditional exports. Eligible producers should apply after harvest is complete, as payments will only be issued once production is reported. A payment will be issued on 50 percent of the producer’s total production, multiplied by the MFP rate for a specific commodity. Call your FSA office to schedule an appointment to report your production.

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Dates to remember:

Nov. 5 — County committee ballots mailed to voters.

Nov. 12 — Veterans Day holiday. FSA offices closed.

Nov. 15 — The final acreage reporting deadline for perennial forage crops.

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