What's up at the FSA Office?

by Cindy Mensen, Acting Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Dates to Remember:

July 15: Deadline to certify a 2016 crop report (FSA-578)
Aug 1: Deadline to sign-up for the 2016 ARC-Co Program (sign a CCC-861)
Aug 1: Last day to request a farm or tract reconstitution for 2016 crop year
Sept 1: Premiums are due for 2016 MPP buy-up coverage

Crop Reporting and ARC-CO sign-up for 2016
We are down to the last couple of days before the certification deadline (July 15th)– and only two more weeks to accomplish the annual sign-up for ARC-CO program (August 1st).  Don’t delay – get it done today.

FSA County Committee Election
The nomination period for the Allamakee FSA County Committee began on June 15, 2016. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Allamakee County FSA Office by close of business on August 1, 2016.  County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level. If you or someone you know is interested, please stop by the office and fill out a nomination form.

FSA Unveils Monthly Webinar Series
The FSA Outreach and Education Division will host a series of webinars each month to inform producers about FSA programs and initiatives. To register for the below listed webinars, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/outreach and click on “Outreach Webinars.”

July 19 @ 2 p.m. EDT
Understanding Receipt for Service
To ensure that all USDA customers and potential customers are being served properly in local offices, the 2014 Farm Bill requires that a receipt be provided. Learn more about Receipt for Service, how it affects you and what you can expect when you visit the Allamakee County Farm Service Agency or any FSA county office.

FSAfarm+, FSA’s Customer Self-Service Portal
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has launched a new tool to provide farmers and ranchers with remote access to their personal farm information using their home computers. Farmers and ranchers can now view, print or export their personal farm data all without visiting an FSA county office.

The program, known as FSAfarm+, provides you with secure access to view your personal FSA data, such as base and yields, Conservation Reserve Program data, other conservation program acreage, Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation status information, field boundaries, farm imagery, name and address details, contact information and membership interest and shares in the operation. This data will be available in real time, at no cost to the producer and allow operators and owners to export and print farm records, including maps. Producers also can electronically share their data with a crop insurance agent from their own personal computer.

Farm operators and owners first will need “Level 2 eAuthentication” to access the webportal. This level of security ensures that personal information is protected for each user. Level 2 access can be obtained by going to www.eauth.usda.gov, completing the required information and then visiting the Allamakee County FSA office to finalize access.