Area Producers Reminded To Report Crops To FSA
Area farmers are being reminded that they must report their 2008 planted crops to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office as they complete spring planting, or no later than the August 15, 2008 final reporting date. The final reporting date has been extended by the FSA from the original June 30, 2008 reporting date. according to Les Zobrist, County Executive Director for the Palo Alto County USDA Farm Service Agency.
Acreage reports for all cropland on a farm are required if you participate in the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP), or apply for commodity loans and loan deficiency payments. Acreage reports are also required for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Noninsured Crop Disaster assistance Program (NAP), for which benefits will be requested. Producers with these crops/land uses should contact their local FSA office at their earliest convenience after completion of planting to make arrangements to report their 2008 planted crop acreage. Timely reporting is necessary to determine and maintain eligibility for USDA program benefits. Producers reporting after August 15, 2008 are subject to late filing fees.
The county office can accept acreage reports from the farm operator, farm owner, a person authorized by power of attorney, tenants and share-croppers. With respect to tenants and share-croppers, FSA can accept reports only for crop acreage for which the person has a share.
For CRP, acreage reports can be accepted from the landowner on the CRP, operator on the CRP, or person authorized by power-of-attorney.
“Producers with crops that do not fall into any of the above situations who wish to maintain an official record of their crop acreage with FSA may voluntarily report their acreage by the August 15, 2008 deadline at no cost,” Zobrist added.
Iowa farmers have experienced many unfortunate planting circumstances this spring. Issues such as prevented planting, replanting, storms and flooded fields have impacted the 2008 spring planting, and conditions vary greatly around the state. Producers are urged to contact their local FSA office to get information regarding 2008 acreage certification and any planting problems or delays and to file a 2008 acreage certification report. Prevented planting and failed acreage reports filed at the FSA Office by August 15, 2008 will not be assessed the late-filed fees.
Farmers needing more information about crop reporting or those wishing to set up an appointment to file a crop report should contact their local FSA office.