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Requesting copies of CRP contracts for Ohio CAUV program

• Feb 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The Ohio Department of Taxation will be updating property values in Ohio due to a legislative change in how land used exclusively for conservation practices is valued under the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program.

County auditors may reduce the value of acreage enrolled in conservation programs to $230 per acre. The county auditor will need a copy of the CRP-1 contract and map for each landowner. FSA will only provide a copy of the contract and map directly to the individuals on the contract. To request a copy of your CRP contract and map, please contact the Huron-Erie FSA office at 419-668-4113.

In other news...

Annual review of payment eligibility for new crop year: All participants of FSA programs who request program benefits are required to submit a completed 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 3-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.

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2018 ARC/PLC enrollment period continues:

Farmers with base acres in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net program can visit FSA county offices to sign contracts and enroll for the 2018 crop year. The enrollment period will end on Aug. 1. Since shares and ownership of a farm can change year-to-year, producers must enroll by signing a contract each program year.

The producers on a farm that are not enrolled for the 2018 enrollment period will not be eligible for financial assistance from the ARC or PLC programs for the 2018 crop should crop prices or farm revenues fall below the historical price or revenue benchmarks established by the program.

Producers who made their elections in previous years must still enroll during the 2018 enrollment period. The ARC and PLC programs were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and offer a safety net to agricultural producers when there is a substantial drop in prices or revenues for covered commodities. For more information, producers are encouraged to contact their FSA county office.

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