September 5, 2017 at 3:32 p.m.

Accurate crop reporting can prevent loss of benefits


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The annual, timely and accurate reporting of acres for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent loss of benefits for a variety of Farm Service Agency programs. All cropland on the farm must be reported to receive benefits from the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program, marketing assistance loans and Load Deficiency Payments.
Conservation Reserve Program acreage must be reported to receive annual rental payments. Crop acreage for Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) also must be reported.
Crop reports - form FSA-578, Report of Acreage - must account for all cropland on a farm, whether idle or planted. Producers need to file their acreage reports by July 15, 2012 for fall harvested crops.

Prevented planting
Prevented planting needs to be reported no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date.

Failed acreage
Reports of failed acreage must be filed before disposition of the crop, and producers must be able to establish to the satisfaction of the county committee that the crop failed and was prevented from being replanted through the normal planting period because of natural disaster conditions.

Direct Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP)
Enrollment for the final year of the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) & Average Crop Revenue (ACRE) program will continue through July 2012 without penalty for being completed after the June 1 deadline.

Milk Income Loss Contracts (MILC) -April payment rate is $1.210 cents per hundredweight
All individuals, entities and members of entities (including husbands/wives or sons/daughters receiving payments for milk sold) need to complete a 2012 AGI form to be eligible for the MILC payment.

Up-coming deadlines for 2012
• July 15, 2012 - deadline to timely report planted acres.
• August 1, 2012 - Final day to file nomination forms for County Committee elections.
• More information about CRP, MILC, other FSA programs and where to find your local USDA service Center can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov.
Farm Service Agency is an Equal Opportunity Lender. Complaints about discrimination should be sent to: Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Visit the Farm Service Agency Web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov for necessary application forms and updates on USDA programs.
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