Disaster Assistance Set For Conference

Friday,January 31, 2003                           ByShawn Wade

      With disasterassistance set to work its way through a House/Senate Conference Committee agrowing sentiment from the House of Representatives is that the Senate planisnŐt adequately targeting benefits to those hardest hit by adverse conditionsin 2001 and 2002.

      What will ultimatelyresult from this growing viewpoint is impossible to predict. The package couldmake it through relatively unchanged or be completely revamped to more closelyresemble past Crop Loss Assistance programs.

      Either way PCGrepresentatives will continue to push for the best possible package that candeliver maximum benefits without potentially adverse effects.

      One of the risksassociated with a significant change in the delivery mechanism is thatreductions in payment amounts would become necessary based on the potential forcrop loss claims to significantly outstrip available funds.

      Producers with partiallosses in one or both years could potentially be as well off with a guaranteedpayment amount based on their total direct payments rather than becomingeligible for a severely pro-rated payment under a traditional disaster program.

      Conferees are expectedto begin working on the F2003 Omnibus Budget Bill next week.

 

DCP Sign-up Progress;

USDA Announces 2ndCC Advance

Friday,January 31, 2003                           ByShawn Wade

      Texas isstaying slightly ahead of the national average as producers continue tocomplete the Direct and Counter cyclical Program (DCP) sign-up process.

      One of themost significant factors creating headaches for Farm Service Agency offices andproducers alike is the shear amount of information that must be gathered inorder to make all the necessary decisions.

      USDAcontinues to make administrative changes that should help smooth the processfor producers that are having significant difficulty in obtaining productionrecords on farms.   

      The latesteffort to make it easier for the producer is the announcement of the option tolet the County FSA committee assign an appropriate Counter Cyclical paymentyield to a farm if actual production records are unavailable.

      Producerswho had previously opted to use 75% of the County average yield in lieu ofactual production records should be able to change to an assigned yield if theywant to do so.

 

 

2nd Counter-cyclical AdvancePayment Announced

      USDA alsoannounced today the 2nd Advance Counter cyclical payment rate forcotton, rice and peanuts. Payments are scheduled to be made starting February3, 2003.

      Producerswho received the first CC Advance payment will be eligible for the secondpayment.

      Theannounced payment rates are $0.096 cents for cotton; $1.16 per hundredweightfor rice and $72.80 per short ton for peanuts. The announced payment rate willbe reduced by any counter-cyclical payments already received in the firstadvance payment.

      Producerswho already received the first advance CC payment can expect a net payment rateof $0.048 per pound for cotton; $0.58 per hundredweight for rice and $36.40 pershort tome for peanuts in the second CC payment.

      DCP programsign-up progress figures for the 25 county area are included in the tablebelow:

 

HighPlains DCP Sign-Up

Progressthrough 1-31-2003

 

 

County

 

Total No.

Elig. Farms

Farms W/ Base & Yield Election

 

Percent

Complete

Bailey

764

472

61.78

Borden

85

71

83.52

Briscoe

436

192

44.03

Castro

896

338

37.72

Cochran

502

362

72.11

Crosby

893

765

85.66

Dawson

1,414

974

68.88

Deaf Smith

758

530

69.92

Dickens

616

319

51.78

Floyd

1,145

910

79.47

Gaines

1,008

681

67.55

Garza

359

282

78.55

Hale

1,762

1,370

77.75

Hockley

1,394

1,152

82.63

Howard

732

573

78.27

Lamb

1,638

1,043

63.67

Lubbock

2,283

1,478

64.73

Lynn

1,283

1,038

80.90

Martin

772

665

86.13

Midland

285

196

68.77

Motley

339

227

66.96

Parmer

1,141

435

38.12

Swisher

950

641

67.47

Terry

1,221

867

71.00

Yoakum

556

353

63.48

State Totals

120,674

52,789

43.74