Producers are reminded of the new requirement to report their perennial forages and fall seeded crops by Nov. 15, 2013 to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office to meet FSA program eligibility requirements.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA), which oversees the Federal Crop Insurance Program, now have common acreage reporting dates. Due to this, perennial forages and fall seeded small grains for harvest in 2014 must be reported to FSA by November 15, 2013.
“Producers must file their reports accurately and timely to ensure they receive the maximum FSA program benefits possible,” said Brad Pfaff, Wisconsin FSA Executive Director.
Perennial forages include alfalfa, alfalfa grass mixtures, red clover and others that are intended for harvest in 2014. This also includes pasture acreage. Fall seeded small grains include winter wheat, rye and others. Producers who are interested in participating in any 2014 USDA farm programs or just want to keep their acreage history up to date need to report the location, acreage and planting date of the applicable crop.
Producers with crop insurance must also report their applicable forages and fall seeded small grains to their insurance company.
Late-filed provisions may be available to producers who are unable to meet the reporting deadline as required. Filing an acreage report on these crops after the November 15, 2013 deadline will require the payment of a late-filing fee which amounts to a minimum of $46.00 per FSA established farm number.
Producers should contact their county FSA office immediately to make an appointment to complete perennial forage and fall seeded crop acreage reporting by the Nov. 15 deadline. More information on FSA programs is at: www.fsa.usda.gov.