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What’s new at the FSA

I know I usually take this opportunity to reminisce on my childhood and share life lessons or experiences I have stumbled across thus far, however, lucky for you there is a lot going on these days at the Bureau County Farm Service Agency that I can’t help but take this opportunity and share.

The Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program are being offered for the 2013 program year under the 2008 Farm Bill Extension.

The DCP/ACRE sign-up for 2013 began on Feb. 19, and the ACRE election and enrollment sign-up period will end June 3, while the DCP enrollment sign-up period will end Aug. 2.

The only program change from 2012 to 2013 is that all eligible participants in 2013 may choose to enroll in either DCP or ACRE for the 2013 crop year. This means that eligible producers who were enrolled in ACRE in 2012 may elect to enroll in DCP in 2013 or may re-enroll in ACRE in 2013 (and vice versa).

The eligibility segments of the 2008 Farm Bill were also extended. This includes producers filing a CCC-933 Adjusted Gross Income certification, which is the new form used for the 2013 program year.

We are asking that producers call ahead of time to schedule an appointment for the DCP/ACRE sign-up. However, this is not a requirement but an opportunity for producers to update changes that may have occurred since the previous years sign-up, which would allow our office to have these changes made prior to appointments. Some of these changes may include ownership, farm operation, share and producer information (address, phone number, etc.).

While I am on the topic of changes, Larry Lawson, farm loan manager, has retired and we would like to welcome Steve Schmillen, farm loan manager, and Patrina Thomas, farm loan officer, to the Bureau County FSA Office. Steve and Patrina are stationed at the LaSalle County FSA Office but will be visiting Bureau County frequently. If you would like to schedule an appointment to inquire about one of many Farm Loan Program opportunities that are available to you, please call our office and ask for Michelle.

As our agency is facing budget impacts along with the rest of the nation, we are no longer permitted to distribute mass mailings, which include post cards, newsletters and program required forms.

Due to the budget restraints we are encouraging producers to provide our office with a current email address on form AD-2047 Customer Data Worksheet Request for SCIMS Record Change. By providing our office with an email address, producers will not only be added to our E-News Letter mailing list but also will be giving the office a more efficient option to request time sensitive information and better method of providing information requested.

As always, if you have any questions please contact our office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 815-875-8732, ext. 2, or by email at justina.boggio@il.usda.gov.

Justina Boggio is the county executive director for the Bureau County Farm Service Agency.

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