Dryland agriculture lessees should be aware of several approaching deadlines for participation in federal farm programs. See the Farm Service Agency (FSA) website for more information on these programs.
January 30, 2015, is the deadline for the no-penalty early termination of conservation reserve programs (CRPs) where landowners and operators want to return CRP ground to dryland crop production. If you are interested in returning CRP to sustainable crop production, please contact your land manager well in advance of the deadline, so DNR staff have time to evaluate the proposal.
February 27, 2015, is the deadline for updating your yields and base acre reallocations with FSA. There has been some confusion about Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR’s) intentions regarding the new commodity/safety net programs and the Base Reallocation and Yield Update Decision for ARC and PLC Programs (form CCC-858).
To clear up the confusion, DNR expects that our lessees/operators will:
- Update base reallocations and commodity yields on the CCC-858 form to whatever is most beneficial to the operator. FSA will provide the forms with updates to DNR for signature, and DNR will return them to FSA offices via email. For newer operators who do not have access to yield records for years 2008 to 2012, DNR can provide those records to the operator.
- Elect to the safety net program in the best interest of the operator. Election must be completed by March 31, 2015.
- Enroll in the safety net program in the best interest of the operator. Enrollment deadlines have not yet been set by FSA.
DNR has limited staff time allocated to management of federal farm programs, so we urge our lessees to not wait until just before a deadline to provide base acre and yield updates, and elect and enroll in the safety net programs.