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USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds Montana producers of upcoming dates and deadlines.

Sept. 11: Last day of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Signup

Sept. 11: Last day of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Signup

Sept. 30: Deadline to update Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payment yields

Sept. 30: 2021 NAP Application for Annual Fall-Seeded Crops, Perennial Forage and Grazing, Mixed Forage Crops (including spring seeded annual types of mixed forage), Rye, Speltz, Triticale, Wheat and Garlic

Oct. 12: First day of 2021 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Sign-up

Ongoing: Contact FSA right away for notice of loss deadlines and disaster program requirements.

Ongoing: FSA Loan Applications are processed year-round.

One Time Price Loss Coverage Yield Update: Deadline is Sept. 30

Farm owners have a one-time opportunity to update PLC yields of covered commodities on the farm, regardless of Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program election. The deadline to request a PLC yield update is Sept. 30, 2020.

The updated yield will be equal to 90 percent of the average yield per planted acre in crop years 2013-2017 (excluding any year where the applicable covered commodity was not planted), subject to the ratio obtained by dividing the 2008-2012 average national yield by the 2013-2017 average national yield for the covered commodity. 

If the reported yield in any year is less than 75 percent of the 2013-2017 average county yield, then the yield will be substituted with 75 percent of the county average yield.

The chart below provides the ratio obtained by dividing the 2008-2012 average national yield by the 2013-2017 average national yield for each covered commodity.

Barley 0.9437

Canola 0.9643

Chickpeas, Lg 1.0000

Chickpeas, Sm 0.9760

Corn 0.9000

Crambe  1.0000

Flaxseed 1.0000

Grain Sorghum 0.9077

Lentils   1.0000

Mustard Seed  0.9460

Oats   0.9524

Peas, Dry 0.9988

Rapeseed 1.0000

Safflower 1.0000

Sesame Seed 0.9673

Soybeans 0.9000

Sunflower Seed 0.9396

Wheat 0.9545

For additional information contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency or visit: www.farmers.gov.

•Browning: 406-338-2251 (temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19 – call the Cut Bank office)

• Conrad: 406-278-7611

• Cut Bank: 406-873-5618

• Shelby:  406-434-5234

All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including some that are open to visitors to conduct business in person by appointment only. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business should call ahead and schedule an appointment.

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