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Deadline for FSA Acreage Reporting
Lena-U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Nancy Swenty in Oconto-Marinette Counties announced that 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. Pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates and note the change in the reporting date for perennial forage and forage seeding for 2017.
"In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Oconto-Marinette County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline," said Swenty.
The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Oconto-Marinette Counties are July 15 (July 17 due to the deadline falling on a non-business day): All spring-seeded crops, including soybeans, forage seeding, crops intended for cover, green manure, or left standing, and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres
Crop insurance agents and FSA will be working with the Acreage and Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI). This initiative is a result of the 2014 Farm Bill and standardizes data requirements for acreage reporting between FSA and Crop Insurance providers. At this time, producers MUST sign all acreage reports (FSA-578's) at a local Farm Service Agency office to meet the FSA program requirements. Producers may also have to sign forms with their Crop Insurance Agent. Producers are encouraged to contact their Farm Service Agency office AND their Crop Insurance agent to ensure all required forms are completed to maintain eligibility for all programs.
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.
According to Swenty, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that 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 Oconto-Marinette County FSA office at 920-829-5406 Ext. 2.