(MADISON, WISCONSIN), June 12, 2012 –
Producers are reminded to submit their annual acreage report to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office by July 15, 2012, 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 Brad Pfaff, Wisconsin FSA Executive Director. "Since July 15th falls on a Sunday, producers will have until Monday, July 16th to file their reports."
Accurate acreage reports are necessary to determine and maintain eligibility for the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program and programs authorized in 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, 2012. Prevented acreage must be reported within 15 calendar days after the final planting date. Failed acreage must be reported before the disposition of the crop. NAP crops that are harvested prior to July 15 must report by the earlier of July 15, 2012 or 15 calendar days before the onset of harvest or grazing. Producers should contact their county FSA office 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 should visit their county FSA office to complete acreage reporting. For questions on this or any FSA program, including specific crop reporting deadlines and planting dates, producers should contact their county FSA office. More information on FSA programs is at: www.fsa.usda.gov
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