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FSA reminds all to update their records

• Oct 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM

FSA is cleaning up our producer record database.

If you have any unreported changes of address or zip code or an incorrect name or business name on file they need to be reported to our office.

Changes in your farm operation, like the addition of a farm by lease or purchase, need to be reported to our office as well. Producers participating in FSA and NRCS programs are required to timely report changes in their farming operation to the County Committee in writing and update their CCC-902 Farm Operating Plan. If you have any updates or corrections, please call your local FSA office to update your records.

In other news:

Do I need to follow FSA conservation rules?: Recently, our office received this inquiry and I wanted to share this question and answer with everyone. Simply put, yes if a borrower has a guaranteed loan by FSA then the borrower will have to follow FSA conservation compliance rules, i.e. Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions and this is why. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes and guarantees loans to family farmers to promote, build and sustain family farms in support of a thriving agricultural economy.

FSA’s loan programs are designed to help family farmers start, purcshase or expand their farming operation. Some farmers obtain their credit needs through the use of loan guarantees. Under a guaranteed loan, a commercial lender (e.g., banks, Farm Credit System institutions, credit unions) makes and services the loan, and FSA guarantees it against the loss of principal and interest on a loan up to a maximum of 90 percent in most cases. Farmers apply to an agricultural lender, which then arranges for the guarantee. The FSA guarantee permits lenders to make agricultural credit available to farmers who do not meet the lender’s normal underwriting criteria. FSA then has the responsibility of approving all eligible loan guarantees and providing oversight of lenders’ activities. When obtaining a FSA guaranteed loan, the borrower certifies that they are not, currently, and will not violate for the duration of the loan, the provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985 relating to Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and Wetlands Conservation (WC).

Simply put, the borrower certifies that they are currently in compliance with and will not violate HEL and WC provisions, and that loan funds will not be used for a purpose that will contribute to a violation of HEL or WC provisions. The borrower certifies this compliance by completing an AD-1026 form for land in which they have farming interest. If a borrower fails to comply with HEL and WC provisions throughout the duration of the loan, this could result in the borrower being in non-monetary default on the loan. If corrective actions are not taken to mitigate the violation, the loan can be terminated through a foreclosure action. For more information or for specific questions regarding Conservation Compliance and the FSA guaranteed loan contact our office.

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App gives weather alerts and safety tips: USDA offers programs to help producers recover from disasters; FEMA can help you prepare ahead of time.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently launched a free mobile app that will instruct the public on what to before, during and after emergencies. The app is available for download for Apple, Android and Blackberry mobile devices. Download the app to:

• Receive alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations

• Get safety reminders, read tips to survive natural disasters and customize your emergency checklist

• Locate open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person (or on the phone)

• Upload and share your disaster photos to help first responders.

For more information about the FEMA app, visit fema.gov/mobile-app. To download the FEMA app from the

Apple Store visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fema/id474807486?mt=8. To download the FEMA app on

Google Play for Android visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.fema.mobile.android&hl=en

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Important dates to remember

Oct. 9 — Columbus Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.

Nov. 6 — County committee ballots mailed to voters.

Nov. 10 — Veterans Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.

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


Diana Strouse is the county executive director for the Huron and Erie County Farm Service Agency. For more information, call the agency at 419-668-4113.

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