June 28, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla., June 28, 2012 – Francie Tolle, executive director for the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminds producers of the acreage reporting requirements that must be met prior to receiving program benefits.
Producers are required to file an FSA-578, Report of Acreage, certification for their farm by July 16 for crops other than small grains. To be considered timely, acreage reports are due in the county office by July 16 for nearly all crops other than small grains, or 15 calendar days before the onset of harvest or grazing of the specific crop acreage being reported.
It is also very important that producers report crop losses, including those insured under Federal Crop Insurance (FCIC) and Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) within 15 days of the date damage occurred or 15 days from the date damage is apparent. Losses and or damages to crops must be reported on a form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, after each disaster occurrence and in a timely manner to insure continued eligibility for benefits.
Producers are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to file the required FSA-578 certification report before the deadline date expires. Filing an accurate acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage and prevented planting acreage, can prevent the loss of benefits for a variety of programs.
For questions about acreage reporting or crop losses contact your local FSA office or visit us online at www.fsa.usda.gov/ok
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