Filing on time prevents loss of FSA benefits

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Emily Schildgen in Shawano-Menominee County says producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.

“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Shawano-Menominee County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline,” Schildgen said.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Shawano-Menominee County:

• July 16: All spring-seeded crops, including dry edible beans, dark and light red kidney beans, forage seeding, and all CRP acreage.

• Aug. 15: Processing snap beans, cabbage.

• Oct. 1: Value-loss and controlled environment crops except nursery.

• Nov. 15: Perennial forage, fall mint, fall-seeded small grains, pasture, rangeland and forage.

Producers should also report crop acreage they intended to plant but, due to natural disaster, were prevented from planting. 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 the Risk Management Agency.

According to Schildgen, 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 information, call 715-524-4814, ext. 2.