Lack of completed surveys could affect farm program payments

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a four state area that is covered by Farm Credit Mid-America, including Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, the performance of farm programs were all over the board in 2015. In this part of the country, 97% of farms were entered into the ARC-County option. Some areas received maximum payments and some did not receive a penny. One of the reasons that some farms were knocked out from receiving payments was because of a lack of yield data due to a shortfall of completed National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) surveys.“We are stressing to all of our customers to use their voice,” said Jason Alexander, vice president of crop insurance with Farm Credit Mid-America. “In the past those surveys were ignored laying there on the kitchen table, but today it is so much more important to your operation to get those surveys filled out.”Alexander said that with the variety of ways that surveys are being delivered and the numerous ways they can be completed makes the process easier than it ever has been. Whether done by phone, on the computer or the old fashioned way of paper and pen, getting these questionnaires turned in is imperative.“For example, last year in parts of the country, if the enough yield data wasn’t available a yield was automatically assigned for a county,” Alexander said. “In some cases that assigned yield number was so high that it didn’t allow for payments at all, so farmers are only hurting themselves by not taking a few minutes to do these surveys.”last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *