Claiborne-Union County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, CED, Kay Russell announced recently that 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. The change in the reporting date for perennial forage and forage seeding for 2017 is Nov. 15, 2016.
“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Claiborne-Union County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline,” said Russell.
The following new acreage reporting date is applicable for Claiborne and Union Counties:
Nov. 15, 2016: Grass certification – perennial forage (including hay and pasture)
The following exceptions apply to the above 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 calendar days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.
* If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed” then the acreage must be reported by July 15.
According to Russell, 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 regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Claiborne-Union County FSA office at 423-626-3811.