U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Tom Schneider of the Manitowoc and Calumet County FSA Offices announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed and prevented planted acreage, can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.
“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to contact their FSA office to schedule an appointment to file their crop certification report by the July 16th deadline,” said Schneider. This includes all spring-seeded/planted crops, as well as any crops intended for cover, green manure, or left standing.
Producers who carry Federal Crop Insurance also have to sign forms with their Crop Insurance Agent. Producers are encouraged to contact their Crop Insurance agent to ensure all required forms are completed to maintain their coverage.
The following exceptions apply to the FSA July 16th acreage reporting date:
- If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
- If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to FSA.
For questions regarding acreage reporting or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Manitowoc FSA office at 683-5119, ext. 2 or the Chilton FSA office at 849-3570, ext. 2.