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USDA Fixes Base Acres Glitch

UDSA revised how oilseed base acres are established under the 2002 Farm Bill. Unintended disparities were discovered when oilseeds were added to an existing 2002 Production Flexibility Contract (PFC).

In addition to options that allow producers to retain 2002 PFC contract acres as the base or updating all bases on the farm using 1998-01 plantings, there will be three new options that allow producers to add oilseeds to existing PFC acres. This should more accurately reflect current cropping practices, says USDA.

The Farm Service Agency is modifying its software to reflect these changes. USDA will accept updated base decisions until April 1, 2003, using the new formula.

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