The deadline is next month for farmers to record their organizational structures with the Farm Service Agency. It’s an effort by the USDA to determine active engagement in farming.
Nebraska FSA director Dan Steinkruger says the reporting is needed due to a provision in the 2014 farm bill.
“There was a change initiated in how we look at management in a joint operation and that change is effective for 2016,” Steinkruger says, “That extension was provided so that if individuals were making changes in operations, they would have more time to report them.”
He says those operations most impacted are where there is a general partnership or joint venture in place. Steinkruger advises those reporting to check with their local FSA office before the deadline.
Steinkruger says, “They’ve got until July 1st to come into our office and advise us of how they’re going to implement that change in their operation that would conform with the new rules.”
The active engagement rule does not apply to farm entities made up only of family members. Family farm operations are exempt from the actively engaged requirement in the farm bill.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton