Judith Stowers, Executive Director of Audrain County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminds producers of the requirement to report prevented planting acreage for FSA program eligibility.
Producers must report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, they were prevented from planting. Prevented planting acreage must be reported on an FSA-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date. For Audrain County, the final planting date for corn is May 31, 2013.
If a producer is unable to report the prevented planting acreage within the 15 calendar days following the final planting date, a late-filed report can be submitted. Late-filed reports can only be accepted if a farm visit can be made to assess the eligible disaster condition that prevented the crop from being planted. A measurement service fee will be charged.
Filing an accurate and timely report for all crops and land uses can prevent loss of benefits for a variety of FSA programs, including the Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment (DCP) Program and Marketing Assistance Loans.
For more information on FSA crop reporting requirements, visit the Audrain County FSA office or visit online at www.fsa.usda.gov.