Program Submission Response: MIDAS Farm Records Enhancement

ISSUE:

Farm record changes such as ownership changes, operator changes, and other tenants.

FACTS:

Handbook policy requires notification of farm record changes.

SOLUTION:

MIDAS software will generate an automatic FSA-476 in letter form to notify reconstitution participants of changes to base acres.  Would it be possible to enhance the software to generate a letter when changes are made to ownership, operation and tenants added? It would be more efficient if the software automatically generated a letter, and it would save employees time.

NATIONAL OFFICE RESPONSE:

Thank you for the suggestion on automating the notification letters when producer changes occur on a farm.   I agree that this would benefit the county offices and help insure that the required notification letters are being sent to all applicable producers. I will add this to our list of software enhancements, though implementing this change will be up to prioritization and budget.

Additionally, another specialist, who handles the policy side of Farm Records, and I have discussed the need to have a standard letter available in 10-CM to be used when notifying the associated producers when any acreage change occurs on a farm . We hope to have this standard letter included in a future amendment to 10-CM.