USDA/FSA Program Disqualification

January 5, 2016

Issues

RCO Law’s farming clients experienced USDA/FSA (“FSA”) program disqualifications as a result of administrative errors, the actions of third-parties, or failure to respond to notices from the FSA office.

Our Approach

Based on our experience in agricultural matters and our dispute resolution skills, our clients looked to RCO Law to assist in resolving the issues. While not widely known, certain farm program violations can result in the disqualification of farming entities and all owners or affiliates from receipt of FSA payments.

Results

Whether it took informal resolution with the County office officials, request to the State Committee, appeal to the National Appeals Division, or resolution with the State Conservationist, RCO Law was able to formulate an appropriate strategy and successfully ensure that our clients remained qualified for FSA programs.  Although there can be a large volume of mail received from the FSA, these mailings frequently contain formal determinations and strict deadlines for action.  If not promptly and properly responded to, opportunities for response and resolution can be lost.  It remains critically important that farmers closely examine all mail received from the FSA concerning farm programs.  If there are any issues or concerns raised by mail concerning these programs, RCO Law remains ready to assist.

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