Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

July 26, 2013

Crop acreage reporting date extended


The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency administrator Juan Garcia has announced an extension of the final crop acreage reporting date through Aug. 2. According to Julia A. Wickard, Indiana FSA executive director, “This is a welcome relief for many Indiana producers and our county office staff so sufficient time is available to file an accurate and complete acreage report to maintain eligibility for many USDA programs.”

This extension provides FSA participants an additional 18 calendar days to submit their annual reports of acreage to their local FSA offices. These acreage reports are necessary to determine and maintain eligibility for various programs, such as the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP); Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL); Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE); Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).

Annually, producers file these reports, which contain all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage reports. “Many producers are just finalizing decisions about planting late season and double crop soybeans due to the wetter than normal growing season,” stated Wickard.

This acreage report extension does not extend dates for crop insurance through the Risk Management Agency. The deadline for RMA acreage reporting was July 15 for most spring-planted crops. Farmers are reminded to report any loss within 72 hours of discovery to their insurance company so that a loss adjuster can inspect the crop before it is destroyed. Producers are encouraged to contact their insurance agents if there are any questions about coverage, prevented planting or claim reporting.

Producers with questions about acreage reporting requirements or any FSA program should contact their local FSA county offices or visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov.