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Acreage reporting essential for program eligibility, insurance
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Warren County Farm Service Agency County Committee chairman Gordon Wade reminds producers and landowners July 15 is the final date to timely file 2013 crop acreage reports for spring seeded crops such as corn, soybeans, tobacco, grain sorghum, as well as grazing and forage crops.
The local Farm Service Agency service center is open every weekday except national holidays to permit producers to file their crop acreage reports for the 2013 crop year.
“Acreage reporting plays an important role for producers who participate in FSA farm programs as well as producers who have purchased crop insurance,” said Wade. The local FSA office staff encourages producers to file their reports as soon as crops are planted. “By doing so, producers have a good recollection of their planting dates, and planting patterns that may diminish with the passing of time,” Wade said.
Producers are encouraged to make notes of planting dates and farms that are completed to further reduce the amount of time spent in the county office and away from the field.
FSA uses the summarized crop acreage reports to provide estimates of crop acreage, crop production, and future supply and demand needs that may be required for human and livestock consumption. The acreage reports also assist USDA with planning future farm programs. Wade says producers may contact the local FSA Service Center to schedule appointments to report their planted acreage for 2013.
“I want to also remind producers and growers of the requirement to report land that is being planted in a commodity crop for the first time,” said Wade.
When a producer or grower plants land that has not been in commodity production, they should contact FSA and request a determination be made for highly erodible land or wetland use. Lands that are planted to commodity crops must have these determinations made and producers are required to comply with guidelines for producing commodity crops on land that is determined to be highly erodible.
Wade says farmers need to visit the FSA service center located at 811 Faulkner Springs Road and file their acreage reports as soon as possible to avoid any late file fees or failure to comply with program rules and guidelines. The FSA office is open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed on national holidays.