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Gray, Hahn elected to represent farmers

• Dec 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Congratulations to Steve Gray. He was re-elected to represent farmers from Fairfield, Fitchville, New London, Richmond, New Haven, Ripley and Greenwich Townships on the county committee.

Steve was elected to his second consecutive term representing Local Administrative Area 3.

And congratulations to Gordon Hahn. He was elected to represent farmers from Groton, Oxford, Huron, Perkins and Margaretta townships as well as Kelleys Island on the county committee.

Gordon was elected to his first term representing Local Administrative Area 4. FSA appreciates the voters for taking the time to complete the election ballot. The county committee system works only because of your participation. The committee members will hold their organizational meeting in January to determine who will serve as the county committee chairman and vice-chairman.

In other news...

USDA Acreage Reporting Deadline for Perennial Forage Changes to July 15 FSA has established a new acreage reporting deadline for perennial forage for 2019 and subsequent years.

Previously set in the fall, the new deadline is July 15 for all states, except for Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Timely and accurate acreage reports for all crops and land uses, including prevented planting or failed acreage, are the foundation for many FSA program benefits, including disaster programs for livestock owners. Producers must report their acreage to maintain program eligibility. Producers who have coverage for perennial forage under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) must report their crop acreage by the earlier of any of the following: the established acreage reporting date (July 15), 15 calendar days before the onset of harvest or grazing of the specific crop acreage being reported, the established normal harvest date for the end of the coverage period.

Environmental Review Required Before Project Implementation The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires Federal agencies to consider all potential environmental impacts for federally-funded projects before the project is approved.

For all Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs, an environmental review must be completed before actions are approved, such as site preparation or ground disturbance. These programs include, but are not limited to, the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program and farm loans. If project implementation begins before FSA has completed an environmental review, this will result in a denial of the request. There are exceptions regarding the Stafford Act and emergencies. It is important to wait until you receive written approval of your project proposal before starting any actions, including, but not limited to, vegetation clearing, site preparation or ground disturbance. Remember to contact your local FSA office early in your planning process to determine what level of environmental review is required for your program application so that it can be completed timely. Applications cannot be approved contingent upon the completion of an environmental review. FSA must have copies of all permits and plans before an application can be approved.

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USDA market facilitation program: USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer MFP to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, wheat, shelled almond, and fresh sweet cherry producers. The sign-up period for MFP runs through Jan. 15, 2019, with information and instructions provided at www.farmers.gov/mfp. 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. A second payment period, if warranted, will be determined by the USDA. Please call for an appointment.

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Dates to remember:

Dec. 25 — Christmas Day holiday. FSA offices closed.

Jan. 1 — Elected committee members and alternates take office.

Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day Holiday. FSA offices closed.

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