March 25, 2014
The Morrow County FSA County Committee (COC) has just named Donna Webb of Cardington as COC Advisor. Advisors play an important role by providing diverse viewpoints and by representing the interests of minorities and women in decisions made by county committees. County committee members and their county executive directors, reach out to producer groups who are under-represented on county committees to find the right person to serve as Advisor.
For this year, County Committee advisors serve for a 11 month period not to exceed nine consecutive years. They attend each COC meeting, including executive sessions and they participate. One of their primary responsibilities is to increase awareness of and participation in FSA activities, including elections. They help develop interest and incentives for socially disadvantaged group members to consider FSA work as a career. Advisors also solicit candidates from socially disadvantaged groups for nomination during the election process.
Farming Operation Changes
If you have bought or sold land, or if you have added or dropped rented land from your operation, make sure you report the changes to the office as soon as possible. You need to provide a copy of your deed or recorded land contract for purchased property. Failure to maintain accurate records with FSA on all land you have an interest in can lead to possible program ineligibility and penalties. Making the record changes now will save you time in the spring. Update signature authorization when changes in the operation occur. Producers are reminded to contact the office of a change in operations on a farm so that records can be kept current and accurate.
If you plan on selling farmland, you should be aware of several consequences associated with FSA programs. For example, if you’re planning to sell land that’s enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, the buyer must agree to continue the enrollment. If the buyer doesn’t want to continue the CRP contract, you might have to refund all of the payments you’ve received to date.
Reviewing program implications with the Morrow County Farm Service Agency staff before completing a sale of farmland is always a prudent precaution.
Bank Account Changes
Current policy mandates that FSA payments be electronically transferred into your bank account. In order for timely payments to be made, producers need to notify the FSA county office if your account has been changed or if another financial institution purchases your bank. Payments can be delayed if the FSA office is not aware of updates to your account and routing numbers.