By Matt B. Walen
The Farm Service Agency recently started a new signup program to help producers who suffered severe crop damage in 1999, according to the local executive director.
Mike Zook, Hill County Farm Service Agency executive director, said his office has already received the software and downloads for the Crop Disaster Program.
Producers who qualify need to show a 35-percent or greater loss on their crops during the 1999 growing season, Zook said. All crops qualify under the new program with the exception of pasture lands, he said.
Past production yields for the unit or the county average, which ever is greater, will be used to calculate the amount the producer will receive, he said.
Producers may also choose to accept advance payments for the program, Zook said.
The signup will continue through Feb 25, 2000.
Producers with more questions may call the FSA office at 265-6792.