Clarke-Decatur County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Joyce Frost announced producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.
People should pay attention to the acreage reporting dates below, as some dates have changed for 2014.
“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Clarke-Decatur County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline,” Frost said.
The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Clarke-Decatur County:
Dec. 15, 2013: Fall seeded small grains and perennial forage
July 15, 2014: All other crops
The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:
• If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
• If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.
• If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed” then the acreage must be reported by July 15 (cover crops only).
According to Frost, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.
For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, contact the Clarke-Decatur County FSA office at 641-342-2162.