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Farmers still have time to sign up for corn settlement payments

By David Bau, Extension Educator

A year with slumping crop prices seems like an odd time to leave money on the table. So far, that’s what’s happening with the $1.51 billion settlement of a nationwide class action lawsuit against Syngenta. Most U.S. corn farmers are eligible, and the deadline is October 12.

Last spring, 643,000 notices went out to farmers who can submit claims. Most haven’t.
Farmers who grew corn sold between September 15, 2013, and April 10, 2018, can submit claims by going to CornSeedSettlement.com.

Sign up only takes a matter of minutes and hopefully there will be a rush to submit claims before harvest. The Settlement may affect your rights if you are: (1) a Corn Producer; (2) a Grain Handling Facility; (3) an Ethanol Production Facility or (4) Landlords sharing in the risk of producing corn. To stay in the Settlement and get paid, submit an eligible Claim by October 12, 2018.

Each farm’s claim is based on the annual acreage report submitted to the Farm Service Agency (Form FSA-578) or crop insurance data as well as the county average corn yields. Growers don’t have to dig up those records. You just have to authorize the claims administrator to access them when you visit the corn seed settlement website. You also need to submit a claim for each FSA farm number where you grew corn.


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