Cuming County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Sarah Beck is reminding area producers that accurate and timely reporting of acres for all crops and land uses, including failed and prevented planted acreage, can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. The next acreage reporting deadline that producers should pay close attention to is July 17, 2017, for all spring-seeded crops and Conservation Reserve Program acres.
Beck also noted that an FSA office visit is necessary even if farmers and ranchers have filed crop acreage reports with their insurance provider. The USDA Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI) allows FSA and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) to share common acreage reporting information electronically between offices. Once a producer files at one location, data that’s important to both FSA and RMA will be securely and electronically shared with the other location, avoiding redundant and duplicative reporting. However, producers must still visit both locations to validate and sign acreage reports, complete maps or provide program specific information.
For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, or to schedule an appointment to complete acreage certification, please contact your local FSA office or USDA Service Center.