Farm Service Agency wants farmers to start thinking ahead

Farm Service Agency wants farmers to start thinking ahead

TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - With south Georgia farmers busy harvesting this year's crop, the Farm Service Agency says they need to start thinking about next year.

The agency is ready to schedule a number of meetings with farmers to explain the new changes and programs in the Farm Bill passed earlier this year.

Farmers need to start gathering information on their base crops and yields before they will have to update that information in February of next year.

“We're looking at reallocating base acres, updating yields, that's our main goal at this minute. Is gives producers the opportunity to update their bases,” said Ray Pate.

Farmers needing more information can contact their local farm service agency office or they go to the agency's webpage.

The USDA Designates 6 counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers have 8 months to apply for a loan to help cover part of their actual losses.

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