It had been a couple of weeks since I talked with Rice and Steele County Farm Service Agency Director (FSA) Gary Kunz. All County FSA offices are still closed to customers until further notice due to COVID-19. Limited staff is able to be in the office at one time with the remainder working remotely.

Gary said they are moving forward taking farmers' crop certification and getting them signed up for the CFAP program. Farmers are picking up their maps from the box outside of the FSA office, others are getting them emailed or mailed so they can fill them out. County FSA staff are also getting farmers the forms they need to sign up for the CFAP program the same way.

All Minnesota County FSA officers were instructed to concentrate on getting CFAP payments to farmers and getting crop certification done. Many farmers will qualify for another payment from the WHIP+ program for the 2018 and 2019 crops. If you received a crop insurance payment in those years you will likely qualify for a payment.

Gary said there is no deadline announced yet for the WHIP+ program. So they are concentrating on the CFAP Program and Crop Certification. If you have not yet certified your planted acres or signed up for the CFAP program contact your local FSA office. Listen to County FSA Director Gary Kunz's comments by clicking the link below.

Listen to County FSA Report