FSA sends out final CDP checks

USDA?s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is paying about 260,000 farmers affected by natural disasters their final installment of the 1999 Crop Disaster Program (CDP).

Because total filed enrollment for claims in this program exceeds the $1.3 billion allotted funding limit, farmers will be paid 69.6 percent of their qualifying loss earnings.

In Marion County, CDP payments of more than $236,000 were issued for 547 applications. Just more than half of the payment total was issued earlier to producers as an authorized advance payment.

FSA has also recently released additional payments under the second phase of the Dairy Market Loss Assistance (DMLA-II) program. Thirty-seven county dairy operations shared payments totaling $56,272.

The National DMLA-II payment rate was established at 13.2?/ cwt. Assistance was limited to the first 26,000 hundredweight of milk production marketed from dairies that produced milk during the last quarter of calendar year 1999.

In response to the nation?s farm crisis, the Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC), through their network of county FSA offices have already issued more than $17 billion in direct payments this fiscal year, that began Oct. 1, 1999 for ongoing programs and for programs with emergency funding.

Producers should contact their local USDA Service Center or FSA office for additional information about these and other USDA benefit programs.

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