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Discussion Board - Re: FSA office

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09-20-2012 20:17:24

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I guess I see both sides of the coin here. Some do, and some don't. I stay out of the FSA programs because they are mostly for the BFO and grain farmers. But our NRCS office is in the same office, and I do get into their programs. To date, they have built a feeding pad, manure pit, put in 3 spring developments, paid for some perimeter fence and cross fencing, heavy use areas, and, when the springs slowed flowing about ten years ago, drilled a well and put in mechanical waterers. We have done most of the work, and it has paid us to do it. All have been in exchange for a 5 to 10 year 'contract' and most are now expired, but we still use the facilities every day. The only thing we have had to do was maintain them and use them. And then, they came around a few years ago and rewarded us for having these practices and others, such as rotational grazing and no-till planting, in use. This netted us an additional $7K per year! The installation costs were over $100K, which would have had to come out of our pocket if we hadn't gone to them. Yes, It's taxpayer money. But I have come to the conclusion that if I didn't take it, someone else would have. The folks in DC just love to give it to anyone they can find to give it to. They spent $4 million years ago for a study that concluded that manure was slippery when wet. And who knows what else they have blown on any number of dumb things. But conservation practices that are costly may not have been on this farm if we had to finance it ourselves and place them in practice. The bay could have our mud and the town down the road could drink our manure runoff. But we have little to none of either, partly in thanks to NRCS. And it has been painless, and paid us handsomely to do it. Now that I think of it, I must be one of that 47%.....

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