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USDA reminds producers to complete crop acreage reports

The Taylor-Price County office for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently open to phone appointments only but can still work with producers on timely filing crop acreage reports. FSA staff can provide assistance over the phone or by email.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Taylor-Price County: July 15 — All spring-seeded crops including dry edible beans, dark and light red kidney beans, perennial forage, pasture, rangeland, forage seeding, and all CRP acreage.

August 15 — Processing snap beans and cabbage.

“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers must file an accurate crop acreage report by the applicable deadline,” said Deb Marg, FSA’s county executive director in Taylor-Price County. “Our FSA staff is still able to assist producers in completing acreage reports, including providing maps.”

The Taylor-Price County FSA office provided maps to producers through mail/e-mail with instructions for completing the maps. After planting is complete, producers should return completed maps and the acreage reporting sheet by mail, email or drop in the drop box just outside the office door by July 15. The July 15th crop reporting deadline remains the same. Late filing procedures for the 2020 crop year are waived until 30 days after the acreage reporting date (ARD) of July 15 and crop reports will be considered timely filed if they are in the Taylor-Price County FSA office or postmarked by August 14. After August 14, a minimum late fee of $46 per farm number will be assessed. At that point, the crop report will not be certified until the late fee is paid and inspection completed. RMA deadlines remain unchanged.

After completed maps and all acreage reporting information is received, FSA will load the crop reporting data and mail or email producers the completed Report of Acreage form (FSA-578) to sign. Producers must return the signed form certifying their acreage report to the FSA office through mail or email before the deadline.

If the crop has not been planted by the 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 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 the county office.

Producers should also report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, were unable to plant. Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and USDA’s Risk Management Agency.

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP-covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.

For questions, contact FSA’s Taylor-Price County office at 715-748-4121.