Morristown – Sheena Jones, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director, announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.
She also wants to remind producers that they should pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below and take note of the change in the reporting date for perennial forage and forage seeding for 2018.
According to Jones, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP-covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.
“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Hamblen/Grainger County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline,” said Jones.
In Grainger and Hamblen County, the deadline for perennial grasses (hay and pasture) will be November 15. The deadline for wheat will be December 15.
The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:
- If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
- If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.
- If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15, 2018.
For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Hamblen/Grainger County FSA office at (423) 586-0321 Ext 2.