DES MOINES - Iowa Farm Service Agency State Executive Director John R. Whitaker announced that preparations are being made to issue Conservation Reserve Program and Direct and Counter Cyclical Program payments. The annual rental payments for CRP and the direct payments for DCP, are generally made in October and will begin after FSA receives the authorization to issue payments.
"Payments are considered timely when they are issued within 30 days of the authorized date," said Whitaker. "Many people are not aware of the amount of work that goes into ensuring the payment process goes smoothly. Our offices know in years such as this, these funds support the agricultural economy and responsible stewardship of America's production acreage."
Many variables will go into this year's payment process. "Producers who were part of the Adjusted Gross Income review may need to file these and others forms before payments can be issued," added Whitaker.
While the AGI review is one example of how payments are affected, producers who signed up for emergency haying and grazing will see their annual payment reduced by the acreage that was hayed or grazed, if this was not prepaid.
Whitaker added that, producers who are affected by office consolidations should not see payments delayed due to this reason alone.
"Our agency has taken steps to ensure that these payments will be generated at the same time that the rest of the state's payments are issued," he said
Iowa producers hold over 106,000 CRP contracts and approximately 154,000 DCP contacts in the state.
For more information on CRP, DCP, or other programs administered by FSA, contact your local FSA office or visit FSA's website at www.fsa.usda.gov/ia