Sign-up under way at FSA for 2000 Quality Loss Program

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BILL HARMON – FSA
Signup began Aug. 13 for area agriculture producers to participate in the 2000 Quality Loss Program.


The QLP compensates producers who suffered at least a 20 percent loss in their Year 2000 crop quality due to weather-related disasters that was not covered under the basic provisions of the Crop Disaster Program.


All crops are eligible except certain specialty crops, such as ornamental nursery, Christmas trees, aquaculture, honey, turf grass sod, maple sap and ginseng.


In Marion County last year, a substantial acreage of soybeans experienced immaturity created by drought. It resulted in a dockage discount due to an identified “green” seed condition.


Feed crops with high nitrate levels and some quantities of poor quality alfalfa also could be major qualifying crops.


Applicants must provide written documentation from Farm Service Agency about the quality of their harvested crop, such as:


— grading receipts from a warehouse or licensed grader;


— sales receipts providing the grade of the crop;


— university-recognized lab test results;


— sales receipts showing disposition to a secondary market due to poor quality.


The 2000 Crop Disaster Program already provided quality-loss payments for many crops. But the QLP is a supplemental program for situations where the quality-loss payments were inadequate or nonexistent.


A similar program exists for 1999 and/or 2000-crop apples and potatoes. For further information or to apply for the QLP, contact your local county FSA office for assistance.

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