We have been receiving numerous new Farm Storage Facility Loans which is fantastic. I wanted to remind producers that an environmental review is required to be completed before loan approval and any earthwork can be completed. The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to consider all potential environmental impacts for federally-funded projects before the project is approved.
    For all Farm Service Agency programs, an environmental review must be completed before actions are approved, such as site preparation or ground disturbance. These programs include, but are not limited to, the Emergency Conservation Program, Farm Storage Facility Loan program and farm loans. If project implementation begins before FSA has completed an environmental review, this will result in a denial of the request. There are exceptions regarding the Stafford Act and emergencies. It is important to wait until you receive written approval of your project proposal before starting any actions, including, but not limited to, vegetation clearing, site preparation or ground disturbance.
    Remember to contact your FSA office early in your planning process to determine what level of environmental review is required for your program application so that it can be completed timely.
    Applications cannot be approved contingent upon the completion of an environmental review. FSA must have copies of all permits and plans before an application can be approved.
    FSA is cleaning up our producer record database. If you have any unreported changes of address, zip code, phone number, email address or an incorrect name or business name on file they need to be reported to our office. Changes in your farm operation, like the addition of a farm by lease or purchase, need to be reported to our office as well. Producers participating in FSA and NRCS programs are required to timely report changes in their farming operation to the county committee in writing and update their CCC-902 Farm Operating Plan.
    If you have any updates or corrections, call your FSA office to update your records.
    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.