Anna Boecker, county executive director and Jon Northrup, farm loan manager for the Tama County Farm Service Agency (FSA), have announced that more action has been taken to assist producers impacted by the drought.
Emergency grazing of CRP acres has been extended, as well as special provisions which will be made to the FSA emergency loan program and to the Risk Management Agency (RMA) federal crop insurance program in order to provide greater flexibility for livestock producers facing forage and feed shortages as a result of drought.
Boecker announced an extension to the emergency grazing deadline of CRP acreage, which will be allowed on limited practices. The deadline is now November 30, 2012. Requests to emergency graze or to graze additional acres must be filed prior to September 30, 2012. Producers interested in emergency grazing must remove livestock no later than November 30th. Emergency haying on CRP acres was not extended past Aug. 31.
A special provision will be made to the federal crop insurance program through RMA that will allow producers to hay or graze cover crops without forfeiting crop insurance eligibility on planted 2013 spring crops. This change is beneficial to livestock producers making forage and feed available this fall and winter. However, before making any plans to plant crop cover, producers should consult with their insurance agent, according to RMA.
Due to natural disasters throughout Iowa, producers who have suffered major production and/or physical losses may be eligible for low interest emergency loans. Modifications will be made to the emergency loan program allowing loans for losses to feed and pasture to be made earlier in the season. Producers will no longer have to wait until the end of the production cycle to obtain a loan. This change will support producers who currently need assistance to help offset high production costs. In addition to Emergency Loans, FSA has a variety of other loan programs available to assist producers in returning to normal farming operations.
"Adding more flexibility to current program requirements will make much needed assistance more readily available to producers affected by disaster," said Northrup said. "These changes in particular should benefit livestock producers who are facing higher feed costs or are at risk of liquidating their herd due to the drought," he said.
For more information regarding special provisions to the emergency loan program, please contact the Tama County FSA office at 641-484-2701 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.