FREDERICK – Tillman County U.S. Department of Agriculture or USDA Farm Service Agency or FSA Executive Director, Jennifer Worthington, announced 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.
Worthington encouraged landowners to pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates for 2017.
“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Tillman County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline,” said Worthington.
Acreage reporting dates applicable for Tillman County are:
Nov. 15 — Perennial forage (grass)
Jan. 17, 2017 — Fall seeded small grains and canola
March 15 — Pecans
May 15 — Spring oats and potatoes
July 17 — Conservation Reserve Program or CRP, spring seeded and other crops
Exceptions to the acreage reporting dates are:
• 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 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.
• 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 17.
According to Worthington, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program or NAP policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the dates or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.
For questions regarding crop certification and crop-loss reports, contact the Tillman County FSA office at 580-335-2817.