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Important ag deadlines nearing

Two major federal farm program deadlines are nearing, and many Upper Midwest farmers and landowners could be affected. Aug. 1 is the deadline to enroll in the 2018 ARC/PLC program. Aug. 17 is the final day for continuous CRP signup. Agricultural ...

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Michelle Richter was a program technician at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Wadena. Richter processed 16 separate FSA loans ranging in amount from $1,389 to $34,733, stealing a total of $108,334 from the FSA during the indicted time period.

Two major federal farm program deadlines are nearing, and many Upper Midwest farmers and landowners could be affected.

Aug. 1 is the deadline to enroll in the 2018 ARC/PLC program.

Aug. 17 is the final day for continuous CRP signup.

Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage are the federal government's two primary safety-net programs. Farmers already have made their choice between the two programs, but producers must enroll their farm by signing a contract each year to receive coverage.

The voluntary Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, is a federal program that gives landowners an annual per-acre payment to take environmentally sensitive farmland out of production. The land receives a specially designed vegetative cover that reduces soil erosion, improves soil and air quality and develops wildlife habitat.

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CRP contracts typically are for 10 or 15 years.

Contact your local Farm Service Agency for more information. FSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Some FSA offices take appointments, some do not.

FSA offices can be located at https://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=us&agency=fsa .

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