A Sept. 26 deadline with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will impact some producers, as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/16/14)—A Sept. 26 deadline with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will impact some producers, as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill.
Producers who have merged rented parcels into a single farm number with FSA may want to consider splitting these farms and setting up individual farm numbers for each landlord.
"There are a couple of reasons producers may want to consider this change. Most importantly is the requirement that all landlords associated with a farm number must agree on the farm bill enrollment decision," said Kevin Klair, University of Minnesota Extension economist and program leader at the University's Center for Farm Financial Management. "With three enrollment options available, one landlord could force the producer and other landlords to make a decision that is not in their best interest. Even more seriously, if all the landlords and the producer do not agree, the farm will not receive any farm bill benefits for 2014."
Splitting rented farms so each farm has its own farm number allows the producer to negotiate with each landlord independently.
Another reason producers may want to split rented farms into separate farm numbers is the added flexibility it will give them as they enroll in the farm program later this year. A producer could choose to enroll some farms in Agricultural Revenue Coverage (ARC) and other farms in Price Loss Coverage (PLC) to better manage their risk. However, if a producer only has one farm number this flexibility will not be available.
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