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July 21, 2013

Farm briefs: July 21, 2013

USDA extends acreage-reporting deadline

MALONE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency acreage reporting deadline has been extended, according to FSA County Executive Director Jennifer Bosley.

Farmers and landowners have an additional 18 days to submit their annual report of acreage to their local FSA county office with the deadline extended to Friday, Aug. 2. Only the FSA reporting deadline has been extended. The acreage reporting requirement for crop insurance has not changed and remained July 15.

“We want to ensure our producers maintain their program benefits by filing their reports accurately and in a timely manner for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage,” Bosley said.

Accurate acreage reports are necessary to determine and maintain eligibility for various programs such as the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP), the Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE), the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistant Program (NAP).

While FSA is able to extend its deadline, Risk Management Agency (RMA) emphasized that RMA’s acreage reporting date remained July 15 for most spring planted crops in the country. Farmers are reminded to report any loss within 72 hours of discovery to their insurance company. Farmers must report prevented planting acreage to their insurance company in writing within 15 days after the final planting date.

Losses must be reported and an insurance adjuster must view and release the crop before the crop is destroyed. Farmers are also reminded to contact their insurance agent if they have any questions about coverage, prevented planting or for reporting and processing a claim.

Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop-insurance agents. Contact a local agent for more information. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers or on the RMA web site at www.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents.

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