Farm Service Agency News

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 11:50 am

USDA Crop Reporting Deadline Approaching

Producers are reminded to submit their annual acreage report to the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office by July 15 to meet FSA program eligibility requirements.  Producers must file their reports accurately and timely for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage, to ensure they receive the maximum FSA program benefits possible.

Accurate acreage reports are necessary to determine and maintain eligibility for the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and programs extended from the 2008 Farm Bill, including the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) and Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE).

Acreage reports are considered timely filed when completed by the applicable final crop reporting deadline of July 15. Prevented acreage usually must be reported within 15 calendar days after the final planting date, but has been extended to July 15 this year due to delays in planting. Failed acreage must be reported before the disposition of the crop. NAP crops that are harvested prior to July 15 must be reported by the earlier of July 15 or 15 calendar days before the onset of harvest or grazing. Producers should contact the county FSA office if they are uncertain about reporting deadlines.

Late-filed provisions may be available to producers who are unable to meet the reporting deadline as required. Reports filed after the established deadline must meet certain requirements to be accepted and may be charged late fees. Producers should contact the county FSA office immediately to make an appointment to complete acreage reporting by the July 15 deadline.

COC Election 

Coming

The COC election will be held later in November of this year.  However, before any election can take place, we must have candidates or nominees.  June 17 through Aug. 1 is the period for nominating farmers as candidates for the local COC election.  Producers are encouraged to nominate themselves or another eligible producer to run for the office.  Nomination forms are available online at http:/www.fsa.usda.gov/elections, scroll down to the links under “Election Materials” and click “2013 Nomination Form” or by requesting one from the local FSA office.  The COC performs important functions for the county farmers and those who rely on the county farmers.

The area up for election this year includes the townships of Peno, Salt River, and Buffalo.  This area has been served in recent years by Bobby Dempsey.

DCP Signup 

Continues

Signup for the 2013 DCP program continues through Aug. 2.  Everyone who receives payment must sign by the deadline of Aug. 2.

CRP 

Continuous signup will continue until Sept. 30.

We are still awaiting word from National Office which offers from eth recent General signup were accepted.  As soon as we know, we will contact all owners.

Producers are always welcome to contact the office if you have any questions.  You can call 573-324-3313 or stop at the office at 1220 Business 61 South in Bowling Green, or email at roger.colbert@mo.usda.gov.

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