FSA Head Urging Ranchers to Register Early

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The administrator of the agency that oversees federal farm programs is urging farmers and ranchers who plan to participate to register in advance.

Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia is encouraging producers to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA office before April 15.

Enrollment for disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill is to begin by that date. Garcia says the government expects significant interest in those programs, and early registration should help improve the signup process and help FSA expedite the programs.

One is the Livestock Indemnity Program, which industry officials say should help ranchers in the Dakotas hurt by an early October blizzard. The storm killed more than 43,000 head of livestock in South Dakota and more than 1,000 in North Dakota.

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