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http://www.fsa.usda.gov/or/cooscurry.html Coquille, OR 97423
County Committee Election Results Biomass Crop Assistance Program
Congratulations to Beau Allen! Beau was This program provides financial assistance
elected to represent farmers from the Coquille, to producers who deliver eligible material to
Myrtle Point, Fairview, Dora, Sitkum, Bridge, and biomass conversion facilities. FSA will
Powers areas of Coos County on the Coos/Curry provide financial assistance to collect, harvest,
FSA Committee. The election results for Local store and transport eligible materials.
Administrative Area 2 (LAA-2) are: Owners of eligible material can receive
Beau Allen — elected to the County Committee financial assistance for delivering qualified
(COC) with 93 votes biomass to conversion facilities that use
Mike Miranda — elected 1st alternate to COC biomass for heat, power, bio-based products or
with 26 votes. advanced biofuels."
FSA appreciates all voters for taking time to Biomass conversion facilities and material
complete the ballot. The county committee system owners or producers should contact their local
works only because of your participation. FSA offices or visit www.fsa.usda.gov for more
The committee members will hold their information.
organizational meeting at the regularly scheduled Once an agreement is signed between FSA
meeting, 10:00 a.m. January 19th, 2010. and a facility AND funding through the
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January 2010 Cash-rent Tenant accepting materials. Producers who sell these
A cash-rent tenant rule applies to any producer materials can apply for matching payments
Coos/Curry FSA that rents land from another producer for cash or a under the collection, harvest, storage and
Phone: (541) 396-4323 crop share guaranteed as the amount of the transportation (CHST) component of BCAP.
Ext. 21 commodity to be paid in rent. The rule also The matching CHST payments are paid at a
Fax: (541) 396-5106 applies to any producer who rents land for zero rate of $1 for $1 per dry-ton equivalent
Email: dollars or who farms the land in exchange for received from a qualified biomass conversion
email@example.com compensation other than cash, such as controlling facility, not to exceed $45 per dry-ton
weeds on land not owned, or barter arrangements. equivalent. A biomass owner is eligible to
OFFICE STAFF Any cash-rent tenant shall be ineligible to receive receive payments for two years.
Bret A. Harris, CED payment unless the cash-rent tenant makes a Eligible material owners or producers,
Dawn Weekly, PT significant contribution of active personal labor to who market eligible material to a qualified
the farming operation; or a significant contribution biomass conversion facility, may apply for the
OFFICE HOURS of active personal management and a significant matching CHST payment at their FSA
contribution of equipment. A cash-rent tenant county office. An application must be
Monday - Friday submitted before the eligible material is sold
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. must also meet all applicable requirements to be
considered “actively engaged in farming.” and delivered to a qualified biomass
conversion facility. After the product is
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delivered, a producer must provide FSA with
Call for an appointment! FSA Spousal Signature Policy documentation of product quantity, quality
(541) 673-6071, ext. 2
Spouses may sign documents on behalf of each and payment rate. FSA will validate payment
Jim Jutson, FLM requests with information in the county office
other for FSA and Commodity Credit Corporation
Dana Mahlberg, PT and information provided under the terms of
programs in which either has an interest. This
option is automatically available unless a written MOUs with the qualified biomass conversion
2010 COOS/CURRY request for exclusion is made by either spouse. facilities. CHST payments will not be
FSA COMMITTEE Exception - spouses may not sign on behalf of authorized until after an appropriate
Chairman: each other for partnerships, joint ventures, environmental analysis has been conducted.
Rick McKenzie – LAA-3 corporations or other similar entities.
Vice Chairman: Individual signatures are also required on
Sharon Waterman – LAA-1 certain Farm Loan Program and Farm Storage
Member: Facility Loan documents.
Beau Allen – LAA-2
Proper Signature Authorization Adjusted Gross Revenue Lite
Power of & MPCI Sales Closing Dates
Attorney The Improper Payments Information Act of
2002 required every federal agency to identify The Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds
For those who find it programs and activities susceptible to possible producers of winter and spring sales closing dates
difficult to visit the improper payments. As a result, FSA has been for the Multiple Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI)
county office person- reviewing producer eligibility files to determine programs the Adjusted Gross Revenue Pilot (AGR)
ally because of work who is authorized to sign FSA program available in select Northwest counties, and the
schedules, distance, documents in representative capacities and if the Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite (AGR-Lite)
health, etc., FSA has a signature format is proper. You may be asked to programs available throughout the Pacific
power of attorney provide copies of signed legal documents specific Northwest which cover most farm-raised crops,
form available that en- to your organization. Some of the documents that animals, and animal products.
ables you to designate may be requested to verify ownership interest as Upcoming regional sales closing dates:
another person to con- well as signature authority for the organization are February 1, 2010
duct your business at identified as follows: Final date to obtain or change Adjusted Gross
the office. If you are Corporation: Articles of Incorporation, By- Revenue Pilot (AGR) insurance in select
interested, please con- Laws, Corporate Resolutions, Corporate Meeting counties in Idaho, Oregon and
tact our office or any Minutes, Share Certificates, Share Registers, Washington. Final date to submit required
Farm Service Agency Share Receipts, Annual Report Filed with the documents to continue or change 2010
office near you for Secretary of State’s Office. Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite (AGR-Lite)
more information. Limited Liability Company: Articles of insurance for EXISTING POLICY HOLDERS
----------------------- Organization. Operating Agreement, Annual in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington
Report Filed with the Secretary of State’s Office. March 15, 2010
Limited Liability Partnership: Partnership Final date to obtain 2010 Adjusted Gross
Agreement. Revenue-Lite (AGR-Lite) insurance for NEW
Limited Partnership: Partnership Agreement. APPLICATION/ENROLLMENT POLICIES
Special General Partnership: Partnership Agreement,
accommodations will in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
IRS Form 1065 and applicable Schedule K-1. Final date to obtain or change ALL OTHER
be made upon request Trust: Trust Agreement.
for individuals with Spring Seeded Crop insurance coverage
Estate: Last Will and Testament, Court Orders of (excluding wheat in counties with Fall and
disabilities, vision Appointment containing the signature of an officer
impairment or hearing Spring planted types).
of the court, Court-approved certificate of letter of RMA also reminds producers of the link
impairment. If administration containing the signature of an
accommodations are between Federal crop insurance and FSA Disaster
officer of and issuing court, Certification by an Assistance programs for the 2010 crop year. To
required, individuals officer of the issuing court that the evidence of
should contact the maintain eligibility for FSA’s disaster programs,
authority is in full force and effect. producers must obtain a policy or plan of insurance
county FSA office Joint Venture: IRS Form 1065 and applicable
staff directly or by of at least catastrophic (CAT) level coverage if
Schedule K-1. available. For those crops that are non-insurable,
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requirements, contact your local FSA office or Assistance Program must also be timely obtained.
logon to our website http://www.fsa.usa.gov . Producers are encouraged to visit their local FSA
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Any person who is Foreign Person Rule (AFIDA) requirements.
convicted under A list of crop insurance agents is available at
federal or state law of A foreign individual is someone who is not a local FSA Offices and at the RMA website address:
a controlled substance citizen of the United States or a lawful alien http://www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents/
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USDA payments or (Form I-551 or I-151). A foreign entity
(corporation, trust, estate, limited partnership,
Report changes to Farming Operation
Violations include LLC, or other similar) that has more then 10 Be sure to notify FSA if your operation has
planting, harvesting, percent of its interest held by individuals who are changed either through purchase or sale of land or
possessing or growing not citizens of the US or lawful aliens with a valid rent/lease of new property. Notification is essential
a prohibited plant. Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551 or I- both to maintain accurate records and to maintain
Prohibited plants 151). In addition to the requirements for “person” program eligibility.
include marijuana, and “actively engaged in farming,” the following In order to be added to a farm on FSA records,
opium poppies and significant contributions must be provided by an you must provide a copy of a lease, or a statement
other drug producing individual or entity considered to be a “foreign from the land owner if renting or leasing. To report
plants. person.”: a “foreign person” must provide a ownership changes, please provide proof of
significant contribution of land, capital, and active ownership.
E hf i i di id l h i b f
Loan and LDP Programs Beginning Farmer
Appeal Process Down Payment
USDA is required to annually publicize Ownership
After an FSA official provisions of Loan and LDP Programs before the Program
makes a decision on beginning of each crop year and making loans and
your request for LDP’s for the current crop year. Loans and LDP’s Purpose: Obtain help
USDA services or are available from the time of harvest until the financing the purchase
application, you will loan availability date ends. Final loan availability of a farm up to 45% of the purchase price or
be sent a letter date differs by crop. appraised value, with a loan cap of $225,000. The
informing you of the applicant must put down 5%. The Farm Service
decision and options Crop Loan Rates Agency finances up to 45% of the purchase price.
your can pursue if you Selected commodity prices for January 6, 2010 The remaining 55% of the purchase price can be
disagree. financed on a seller contract or through a
Generally, program Commodity Loan Rate LDP Rate conventional lender. The lender can obtain a
participants have Barley $/bu 2.15 $0.0 guarantee from FSA if the customer is eligible.
several choices — an Corn $/bu 2.35 $0.0 Rates: The FSA loan rate will be locked in for
informal review with Oats $/bu 1.35 $0.0 the full 20 years, and currently the rate is the direct
the original agency Wool $/lb 0.38 $0.29 Farm Ownership rate minus 4.0% (which currently
decision-maker, an --------------------------------------------------------------------- equals a loan rate of 0.75%) or 1.5%, which ever is
opportunity for greater.
mediation, an appeal New Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Qualification: Beginning farmer applicants
to the next level of Reporting Process must have been farming for at least three years and
authority within the not more than ten, and cannot own real estate that
agency, and finally an USDA is partnering with the Internal Revenue exceeds 30 percent of the median farm size for the
appeal with the Service (IRS) to reduce fraud in farm programs county. Minority and female applicants do not
National Appeals and streamline payment limits for family farmers. have the 10 year or 30% restriction.
Division. USDA has finalized a Memorandum of ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------- Understanding with the IRS to establish an Reasonable Accommodations
Highly Erodible electronic information exchange process for
Land and verifying compliance with the adjusted gross USDA is required to provide the reasonable
income provisions for programs administered by accommodations statement semiannually in county
Wetland office newsletters and on printed announcements of
USDA's FSA and Natural Resources Conservation
Conservation all public meetings, seminars or FSA sponsored
Service. This agreement will ensure that payments
Compliance are not issued to producers whose adjusted gross training, and farm program orientation sessions.
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operators, and their set in the 2008 Farm Bill are $500,000 nonfarm Civil Rights/Discrimination Process
affiliates with farming average AGI for commodity and disaster
interests, are reminded As a participant or applicant for programs or
programs; $750,000 farm average AGI for direct activities operated or sponsored by USDA, you
that in order to receive payments; and $1 million non-farm average AGI
payments from USDA, have a right to be treated fairly. If you believe you
for conservation programs. have been discriminated against because of race,
Highly Erodible Land The electronic process that USDA developed color, national origin, gender, age, religion,
(HEL) and Wetland with IRS reviews data from tax returns, performs disability, or marital or familial status, you may file
Conservation (WC) a series of calculations, and compares these values a discrimination complaint.
provisions are to the AGI limitations from the 2008 Farm Bill. The complaint should be filed with the USDA
required. Customers FSA and NRCS will receive a record that Office of Adjudication and Compliance. To file a
with HEL determined indicates whether or not the program participant complaint of discrimination write: USDA, Director,
soils are reminded to appears to meet the income limits. Written Office of Adjudication and Compliance, 1400
follow tillage, crop consent (CCC-927 or CCC-928) will be Independence Avenue, Washington DC 20250-
residue and rotation required from each producer or payment 9410 or call 1-866-632-9992 (voice); 1-800-877-
requirements as recipient for AGI-applicable programs starting 8330 (TDD); 1-866-377-8642 (relay voice users).
specified per their in the 2009 program year. Consent forms (CCC- ----------------------------------------------------------------------
conservation plan. 927 and CCC-928) can be obtained at the Marion DCP Sign-up Underway
Contact should be County FSA Office but must be filed directly to
the IRS. No actual tax data will be included in Signup has started for the 2010 Direct and
made with the USDA
the report that IRS sends to USDA. As part of Counter-Cyclical Payment (DCP) program for
Service Center prior to
the review and evaluation process, participants farms with base acres. Contact your local FSA
whose AGI may exceed the limits will be offered office for more information. Signup will continue
clearing or drainage
an opportunity to provide third party verification until the June 1, 2010 deadline. There are no
projects to ensure
or other information to validate their income. provisions for late-filed applications, so they will
not be accepted.
Coos/Curry County FSA Office PRESORTED STANDARD
376 N Central Blvd. US POSTAGE PAID
Coquille, OR 97423-1244 TUALATIN OR
PERMIT NO. 71
Return Service Requested
Signup for the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program Dates to Remember
(SURE) began on January 4, 2010. Producers who suffered crop production January 18 Office closed – MLK Day
losses during crop year 2008 may be eligible. January 19 Regular COC Meeting
SURE provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible producers on Last day to purchase AGR-
farms that have incurred crop production or crop quality losses. The program February 1
takes into consideration crop losses on all crops grown by a producer nationwide. Office closed – Presidents
SURE provides assistance equal to 60 percent of the difference between the SURE February 15
farm guarantee and total farm revenue. The farm guarantee is based on the amount February 16 Regular COC Meeting
of crop insurance and NAP coverage on the farm. Total farm revenue takes into March 16 Regular COC Meeting
account the actual value of production on the farm, insurance indemnities, and On-going Sign-up for CREP, GRP, LDP
certain farm program payments. Within 15 NAP notice of loss - report within
Producers with a farming interest physically located in a county that was days 15 days of damage.
declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the Agriculture
Secretary must have suffered at least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of
Visit our Web site at
economic significance. The 10 percent production loss must be caused by a www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA
natural disaster. Producers must meet the risk management purchase ATTENTION AG GROUPS
requirement by either obtaining insurance, under the Federal Crop Insurance Act Would you like to have a presentation or more
or NAP coverage, for all economically significant crops. Producers considered information on FSA and USDA programs? FSA
socially disadvantaged, beginning farmer or rancher, or limited resource farmer and NRCS staff is available, call Bret Harris, FSA,
may be eligible for SURE without MPCI insurance or NAP coverage. at (541) 396-4323, ext. 25.
Adjusted Gross Income
The 2008 Farm Bill states that an individual or entity shall not be eligible to receive commodity program benefits as specified in the bill
if the average adjusted gross non-farm income (AGI) of the individual or entity exceeds $500,000. An individual or entity shall not be
eligible to receive direct DCP payments if their average adjusted gross farm income exceeds $750,000. An individual or entity shall not be
eligible to receive conservation program benefits if their average adjusted gross non-farm income exceeds $1,000,000 unless more than
66.6% of their adjusted gross income was derived from farm sources. Revisions to what is considered ‘farm’ income versus ‘nonfarm’
income have been made; please contact this office for additional details.
Noncompliance with the AGI provisions, either by exceeding the applicable limitations or failure to submit the applicable certification
statement, will result in the determination of ineligibility for all program benefits subject to the AGI provisions; program benefits shall be
reduced in an amount that is commensurate with the direct and indirect interest held by an ineligible individual or entity in any entity,
general partnership, or joint operation that receives benefits subject to the AGI limitation.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and
where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an in-
dividual’s income is derived from any public assistance programs. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means
for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication and Compliance, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or
call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202)-720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.