Tama County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Anna Boecker, announced that the acreage reporting deadline for the 2013 crop year is July 15, 2013. 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.
"I encourage all producers to contact the Tama County FSA office to make an appointment to file an accurate crop certification report by the July 15, 2013, deadline in order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements," said Boecker. "Producers are also reminded that the August 2nddeadline to sign up for DCP signup is also coming up."
Acreage reports are required for many Farm Service Agency programs. Acreage reports on crops covered by Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) should be filed in the county office the earlier of July 15, 2013 or no later than 15 calendar days before the onset of harvest or grazing of the specific crop acreage being reported.
To report prevented or failed acreage, producers must complete Form CCC-576, Notice of Loss for applicable crops. Reporting prevented or failed acreage to FSA will ensure compliance with current farm programs, and possible eligibility for future disaster programs. Once a CCC-576 has been submitted, if cannot be withdrawn or revised.
Reporting forage crops and pastures is also required. For 2014, perennial forage, fall wheat, and other fall seeded small grains will have a December 15, 2013,reporting date. All crops on the farm, including forage crops and pasture are used to determine overall eligibility for some FSA programs, so accurately reporting these crops is important. Since the make-up of a forage crop's stand changes over time, the legumes and/or grass mixture may be needed or the age of the stand.
If a producer misses the reporting deadline for prevented planting, they may still report prevented planting acreage as long as the disaster condition may be verified by a field visit and a late filing fee is paid
For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Tama County FSA office at 641-484-2701.