Jefferson County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Joni Johnson is reminding area producers that accurate and timely reporting of acres for all crops and land uses, including failed and prevented planted acreage, can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. The next acreage reporting deadline that producers should pay close attention to is July 17, 2017, for all spring-seeded crops and Conservation Reserve Program acres.
“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Jefferson County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the July 17 deadline,” said Johnson.
Johnson also noted that an FSA office visit is necessary even if farmers and ranchers have filed crop acreage reports with their insurance provider. The USDA Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI) allows FSA and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) to share common acreage reporting information electronically between offices. Once a producer files at one location, data that’s important to both FSA and RMA will be securely and electronically shared with the other location, avoiding redundant and duplicative reporting. However, producers must still visit both locations to validate and sign acreage reports, complete maps or provide program specific information.
The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting date:
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 17.
According to Johnson, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP-covered crops is the earlier of the date listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.
For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, or to schedule an appointment to complete acreage certification, please contact the Jefferson County FSA office at 402-729- 6134.