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by Owen Anderson, FSA County Executive Director, Sanborn and Jerauld counties

Reporting Changes: Have you purchased or inherited land, rented new land, lost land, changed your name. Have you created a partnership or a corporation or trust?  Are you a new producer?  If any of these apply to you, please contact the office to update your records.  FSA needs to know these things to complete accurate processing.
Conservation Compliance, Federal Crop Insurance Subsidies and FSA Benefits.  Producers must have a conservation compliance certification (AD-1026) form on file at FSA and be in compliance with erodible land and wetland protections to be eligible for most FSA programs.  FSA rules have not changed, but now MPCI subsidies beginning with the 2016 crop year are subject to compliance rules. For 2016 MPCI you had to have to have a certification on file by June 1, 2015. For 2017 you have to have a certification on file by June 1, 2016.
Certifications are considered to be continuous, which means they carry over from year to year as long as you are still in compliance and have not done anything to trigger the need for a new certification.
What triggers the need for a new certification?  Good question. Triggers include planning or having done any of the following: planting an ag commodity on land that has not been evaluated for erodibility (such as new breakings), conducting drainage of any kind, leveling, filling, dredging, clearing or excavation.  If you are planning to do or have done any of these things since your last certification you need to recertify.  If you are found to have a violation you will need to recertify as part of the process to regain eligibility.
To say you have hit a trigger does not mean you are in violation. It simply means you did something that needs to be evaluated. If you did something wrong, we won’t know that until the evaluation is completed.
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