Altus — The final date for producers to report all crops and cropland acreage to the Farm Service Agency is Wednesday July 15, 2015, according to County Executive Director Carl Josefy. Mr. Josefy stated that most producers in Jackson County have not yet reported their acreage of Cotton, Grain Sorghum, Alfalfa, and other spring/summer crops and/or CRP acres. All crops and all cropland acreage must be reported to the FSA office by no later than the final reporting date of July 15, 2015. Producers are encouraged to make an appointment to report their acres as soon as possible. Planting dates, field locations, and irrigation practices must be provided when reporting acres.
“Any producers who request benefits under the ARC/PLC program are required to report all crops and cropland acres on each farm on form FSA-578 before a payment can be processed”, Josefy added. FSA-578 acreage reports are also used to:
* determine compliance with farm programs
* verify compliance with Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation provisions
* collect data for FSA and other USDA agencies such as crop insurance (RMA) for program decisions
* determine crop and producer eligibility for commodity loans and loan deficiency payments (LDP’s)
* determine crop and producer eligibility for Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP), Livestock Forage Program (LFP), Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), and most other programs offered by FSA.
Acreage reports received after the July 15 deadline will be considered late-filed and a $46 fee per farm will be assessed to cover the cost of a field visit to determine the acreage being reported. Producers may contact the FSA office at (580) 482-4312, Ext. 2, for an appointment to report and certify their acres. The Jackson County FSA office is located at 1120 South Main Street, Suite 2, in Frederick, and is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.