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January 20, 2018

Producers may prevent loss of FSA benefits with timely reporting


MORRISTOWN – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Sheena Jones in Hamblen/Grainger County has announced 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.

“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.

December 15 is the acreage reporting deadline for wheat and other fall seeded crops for Grainger and Hamblen County.

The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting date:

• 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 calendar days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, contact the Hamblen/Grainger County FSA office at (423) 586-0321 Ext 2.

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