2012 and 2013 were tough years for planting/growing anything in much of the US. If it wasn’t flooding, it was a drought.
Trees died. The FSA office of USDA is here to help (with cash to recoup your losses). Even for losses you may have had two years ago!
The farm bill was recently extended, so what’s old is new again. Here’s how it worked last time around:
- http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/1-tap_r03_a05.pdf <—THE LONG ONE
1) Read the above links
2) Call your FSA office
3) Be nice
4) File an FSA-899 form
5) IMPORTANT DETAIL: If you’re a Beginning Farmer (10 years farming or less in last 10) or Historically Underserved (look up the definition if you don’t know), you are EXEMPT from the crop insurance requirement. THAT MEANS YOU CAN APPLY EVEN IF YOU HAD NO CROP INSURANCE.
6)Tell Grant how it goes for you.