Programs enable FSA to assist Kansas agriculture producers

Farm programs are designed to improve the economic stability and
viability of the agriculture sector and to help insure the production
of an adequate and reasonably priced supply of food and fiber for
American citizens.

Kansas farmers and ranchers received just over $990 million in program
benefits in fiscal year 2006, representing a period from Oct. 1, 2005,
through Sept. 30, 2006?98 percent of these payments were from Direct
and Counter-cyclical, Conservation Reserve, Loan Deficiency, and
commodity CCC loan programs.

Other programs that Kansas producers received benefits or payments from
included crop disaster assistance, livestock assistance, noninsured
crop disaster assistance, farm storage facility loans, milk income loss
contracts, and hard white wheat incentives.

Marion County FSA issued $9 million in USDA payments during fiscal year
2006. These benefits were disbursed among 1,900 program eligible

Bill Harmon is executive director of the Marion County FSA office in Marion.