The general signup deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program is Friday. The decision for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage program must be made by mid-month. “Even if you want to roll over your contract and make the same decision as last year, we still need your signature on that election,” said Whitney Place, State Executive Director, Minnesota Farm Service Agency. “That deadline is March 15.” Place expects payments from the first phase of the new emergency disaster program will likely be made before wheels turn this spring. “USDA is trying to make this a lot less complicated than WHIP+ and so our plan is to use existing data for those producers who are already in our system for livestock relief or crop relief.” For those people eligible for the disaster payments but are not in the system will go through an application process. Place said staffing rates are increasing for FSA, but farmers are still encouraged to make an appointment with their local office.
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