Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan Deficiency Payments provide financing and marketing assistance for wheat, feed grains, soybean and other oilseeds. MALs provide producers interim financing after harvest to help them meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are typically at harvest-time lows.
    The Farm Service Agency is now accepting applications for 2019 MALs for all eligible commodities after harvest. Requests for loans shall be made on or before the final availability date for the respective commodities. For small grains such as wheat, barley and oat, the deadline is March 31. For crops such as soybean and corn, the final availability date is May 31.
    For more information and additional eligibility requirements, visit a nearby United States Department of Agriculture Service Center or FSA’s website, http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

Farm reconstitutions
    When changes in farm ownership or operation take place, a farm reconstitution is necessary. The reconstitution – or recon – is the process of combining or dividing farms or tracts of land based on the farming operation.
    To be effective for the current fiscal year, farm combinations and farm divisions must be requested by Aug. 1 of the fiscal year for farms subject to the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage program. A reconstitution is considered to be requested when all of the required signatures are on FSA-155 and other applicable documentation, such as proof of ownership, is submitted.
    Total Conservation Reserve Program and non-ARC/PLC farms may be reconstituted at any time.
    The following are the different methods used when doing a farm recon:
    - Estate method. The division of bases, allotments and quotas for a parent farm among heirs in settling an estate.
    - Designation of landowner method. May be used when part of a farm is sold or ownership is transferred; an entire farm is sold to two or more persons; farm ownership is transferred to two or more persons; part of a tract is sold or ownership is transferred; a tract is sold to two or more persons; or tract ownership is transferred to two or more persons. In order to use this method, the land sold must have been owned for at least three years, or a waiver granted, and the buyer and seller must sign a memorandum of understanding.
    - DCP cropland method. The division of bases in the same proportion that the DCP cropland for each resulting tract relates to the DCP cropland on the parent tract.
    - Default method. The division of bases for a parent farm with each tract maintaining the bases attributed to the tract level when the reconstitution is initiated in the system.
    Farm Service Agency is an Equal Opportunity Lender. Complaints about discrimination should be sent to: Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Visit the Farm Service Agency Web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov/ for necessary application forms and updates on USDA programs.