Producers are reminded to submit their annual acreage report to the Jackson County Farm Service Agency (FSA) by July 15, 2013, to meet FSA program eligibility requirements.
"Producers must file their reports accurately and timely for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage, to ensure they receive the maximum FSA program benefits possible," said Julie Dokkestul, Jackson County FSA Executive Director.
Accurate acreage reports are necessary to determine and maintain eligibility for the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and programs extended from the 2008 Farm Bill, including the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) and Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE).
Acreage reports are considered timely filed when completed by the applicable final crop reporting deadline of July 15, 2013. Prevented acreage usually must be reported within 15 calendar days after the final planting date, but has been extended to July 15, 2013 this year due to delays in planting. Failed acreage must be reported before the disposition of the crop. NAP crops that are harvested prior to July 15 must be reported by the earlier of July 15, 2013 or 15 calendar days before the onset of harvest or grazing. Producers should contact the Jackson County FSA office at 715-284-4515 if they are uncertain about reporting deadlines.
Late-filed provisions may be available to producers who are unable to meet the reporting deadline as required. Reports filed after the established deadline must meet certain requirements to be accepted and may be charged late fees.
Producers still needing to report their 2013 crops should contact the Jackson County FSA office before July 15, 2013 to schedule an appointment to complete acreage reporting.