End Rows for April 22, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 acreage reporting dates

In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the local county FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Missouri:

-- Spring oats, potatoes, May 15

-- Burley tobacco, corn, cotton, grain sorghum, hybrid seed corn, popcorn, rice, soybeans and all other crops, July 15

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.

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, please contact your local county FSA office.

2013 ACRE

Participation in 2013 ACRE requires production reports for planted acres that must be submitted for the covered commodities and peanuts planted on the farm by July 15.

Failure to report production for those covered commodities and peanuts planted on ACRE farms may result in contract termination. If the contract is terminated, all payments, including direct payments previously received plus interest, will be required to be refunded.

Save time, make an appointment with FSA

As we roll out the farm bill programs administered by FSA, there will be related signups and in some cases multiple management decisions that need to be made by you, the producer, in consult with FSA staff.

To reduce the time of your office visit, and to ensure that you are afforded our full attention, please call our office ahead of your visit to set an appointment and to discuss any records or documentation that you may need to have with you when you arrive for your appointment. For local FSA Service Center contact information, please visit www.offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app.

Report changes to your farming operation now

If there have been any changes to your farming operation, now is the time to report them to the FSA office.

These changes include, but are not limited to, sale or purchase of farm land, change in the number of farms you operate, and change from an Individual to an entity such as a trust or LLC, or vice versa.

Any landowners who change operators may also want to update any powers of attorney you have on file at the FSA office.

By reporting these changes now, you will be better prepared for when sign-up starts later on this year.