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    C2-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, July 1, 2000
FSA Accepts
Crop Reports
YORK (York Co.) The
York County Farm Service
Agency (FSA) is accepting 2000
crop acreage reports.
The 1996 Farm Bill removed
the acreage report requirement
in most cases for country farm
ers to remain eligible for USD A
benefits. However, the commod
ity loan program and loan defi
ciency payment program still
requires timely filed acreage re
ports by those who wish to
pledge stored commodities as
collateral for these nine-month
Producers interested in re-
Crops May Be Eligible
For Disaster Assistance
LANCASTER (Lancaster
Co.) The Noninsured Crop
Disaster Assistance Program is
available for those crops that
cannot be insured under the cat
astrophic coverage offered
through the Federal Crop Insur
ance Corporation.
Following a major crop loss, it
provides benefits similar to
those provided for insurable
crops by the catastrophic level of
crop insurance protection.
The program operates at no
cost to producers. Payments can
be made only when an area-wide
disaster occurs. This area crite
rion may change sometime in
the future.
Payments can be made after
crop loss in an approved area is
greater than 35 percent of the
expected area yield, and an indi
vidual producer has more than a
50 percent loss of his approved
yield. Producers must file an
acreage report before the dead
line, or they will not be eligible
for payments, no matter how
severe the disaster. July 15,2000
is the deadline to report these
crops. Producers also must
report losses within 15 days of
the occurrence of the natural
disaster or when damage to the
crop becomes apparent. There is
no cost for signing up for NAP.
Eligible crops are those for
which crop insurance is not
available and are commercially
grown for food and fiber. Also
included are floriculture, Christ
mas trees, turfgrass sod, and in
dustrial crops. It does not
include trees grown for wood,
paper, or pulp products.
Payments are limited to
$lOO,OOO to eligible producers. A
producer is eligible when it is
determined that a conservation
plan designed by the Natural
Resources Conservation Service
is in place. Also, qualifying gross
income cannot exceed $2 mil
lion. If a notice of loss is filed
beyond the applicable period, it
is considered late filed and shall
only be determined acceptable if
the crop acreage can be in
spected to verify the damage or
extent of damage caused by the
disaster condition.
Production evidence should
accompany the Notice of
Loss/Application for payment.
An appraisal by an FSA repre
sentative may be required to
determine production loss.
Report your crops to the
Farm Service Agency. Notify the
Farm Service Agency of losses
incurred as soon as the condi
porting must visit the eounty
office, review aerial photo
graphs, and indicate the location
of their crops. The York County
office is located at 120 Pleasant
Acres Road in York and is open
Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-
4:30 p.m. Appointments are en
Call ahead to have the aerial
photos mailed to you to mark at
home. This will significantly
reduce time spent in the office.
Final certification date is July
17 for corn, soybeans, fruit and
tion is known. The Lancaster
County Farm Service Agency is
located at the Farm and Home
Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lan
caster PA 17601.
AURORA, Col. “Farmers
and the Food Chain” was the
topic of National Farmers
Union (NFU) President Lelaud
Swenson’s address to farm or
ganization leaders from SO or
ganizations at the 34th
International Federation of Ag
ricultural Producers (IFAP)
World Farmers’ Congress re
cently in Hannover, Germany.
Swenson told the group he
feels there is a misconception
that the world’s farmers and
ranchers will see economic pros
perity through trade liberaliza
tion and the elimination of
domestic supports.
“The income crisis in agricul
ture is not caused by subsidies,”
he said. “The market is failing
farmers! It is failing all around
the world. It is failing to return a
fair and adequate share of the
consumer dollar to farmers; fail
ing to allocate to farmers a rea
sonable return on labor,
management, and equity from
the agrifood system’s huge reve
nue system.”
The NFU leader explained
that market failure is predicta
ble. He said it is a direct result of
dramatic market power imbal
ances between agrifood industry
multinational corporations and
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the family farmers that must do
business with these firms.
“Industrial concentration is
an issue for farmers and ranch
ers throughout the world. It is
also an issue for consumers,”
Swenson said. “A major concern
about concentration in the food
system focuses on the control ex
ercised by a handful of firms
over decision-making through
out the food system.”
He explained that the system
is becoming more complex with
the involvement in biotechnol
ogy, extending through produc
tion and ending with a highly
processed food. Acquisition is
still a common method of com
bining two or more firms, but
mergers, joint ventures, partner
ships, contracts, and less formal
ized relationships are also used.
“These ‘clusters of firms’ con
trol the food system from ‘gene
to supermarket shelf,” said
In a food chain cluster, the
food product is passed along
from stage-to-stage, but owner
ship never changes and neither
does the decision-making. The
farmer becomes a grower, prov
ing the labor and often some of
the capital, but never owns the
product and never makes major
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management decisions.
Using information from
“Consolidation in the Food and
Agriculture System” by Dr. Wil
liam Heffernan of the University
of Missouri and “The Farm
Crisis, EU Subsidies and Agri
business Power” by the National
Fanners Union of Canada,
Swenson told the group, “The
loss of family farmers and
ranchers because of the eco
nomic crisis, a result of low com
modity prices and higher
production costs does not affect
the volume of production. It
does affect the economic viabil
ity of businesses in rural com
munities, results in the
depopulation of rural communi
ties, forces consolidation of edu
cation systems and the loss of
access to local health care ser
Swenson concluded his re
marks saying, “In the USA, the
top five food retailers control
over 45 percent of the retail food
on a national basis even more
on a regional basis as not all of
the top five operate nationally.
What do farmers expect from
the food chain? 1) A fair and just
price for the commodities they
produce; 2) A fair, open and
competitive market; 3) Leader
ship by farm organizations that
are concerned about their mem
bers’ economic future.”
The World Farmers’ Con
gress is a unique event which
brings together the leaders of
national farmers’ organizations
from throughout the world
every two years.
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