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 close 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:
2014 acreage reporting dates
Producers have until Jan. 15 to report crops that have a Nov. 15 or Dec. 15 reporting deadline without paying a late-file fee.
Crops under this waiver include wheat and native and improved grasses intended for grazing or haying. Producers need to consult their crop insurance agent for deadlines for insured crops.
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.
The following exceptions apply to the 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.
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.
Additionally, producers can purchase both NAP and RMA coverage for 2014 annual forage crops. NAP coverage will not be available for 2015 annual forage crops.
Late file fees will be assessed for 2013 crops reported after Sept. 15 and 2014 crops reported after Jan. 15.
For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, contact the Clarke-Decatur County FSA office.