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Launching the Celebration – 30 Years of Conservation
2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Conservation Reserve program (CRP) and in recognition of this milestone; FSA has launched a commemorative website. The web address is We hope you’ll visit the site often to take an interactive, cross-country tour and see the nationwide impact of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) unfold virtually over the next several months.


graphic of Farm Service Agency Conservation Reserve Program 30 Logo







2015 Dates and Deadlines

NAP Application Closing Dates:

• For all annually planted crops, both spring and fall.
• Pecans (If not covered by RMA)
• Corn, UPCN, FCTB, Soybeans, Peanuts (If not covered by RMA)
• All forage and grazing crops
• All perennial crops
• Carrots
• Barley, Oats, Canola, Wheat (If not covered by RMA)
• Apples, Blueberries, Peaches (If not covered by RMA)
• Honey

NOTE: A crop planted before the application closing date, such as greens, can be insured but coverage will begin 30 days after the application for coverage is filed.

NAP Crop Damage Reporting Date:
Damage to NAP covered crops must be reported to the applicable FSA Office within 15 days of the date of crop damage or when the damage becomes evident.

• 2/27/2015: Deadline for Owner(s) to reallocated base acres and or update yields.
• 3/31/2015: Deadline for Producers to elect ARCPLC program option for duration of Farm Bill.

Crop Acreage Reporting Deadlines: "In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline," said State Executive Director Fred Harrison Jr.

The following 2015 acreage reporting dates are applicable for the entire state of Georgia:
July 15, 2015: Corn, Cotton, Grain Sorghum, Peanuts, Soybeans, and all others crops not shown with a specific reporting date
August 15, 2015: Fresh market tomatoes (planted 7/1 - 8/15)
September 15, 2015: Fresh market Sweet Corn (planted 7/15 - 8/25)
October 15, 2015: Cabbage (planted 7/16 - 9/30)

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.

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 above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the NAP-covered crop begins.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact your local FSA office.

Producers Now Required to Report Livestock and Honeybee Losses Within 30 Days of Death or Loss for LIP and ELAP Eligibility

Beginning on January 1, 2015, livestock and honeybee producers must report their losses to their local FSA office in a timely fashion in order to be eligible for benefits under the Livestock Indemnity program (LIP) and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP). Failure of a producer to report their loss to their local FSA office will result in in the claim being disapproved. In addition, there are no provisions for a late-filed Notice of Loss.

Provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill require livestock and honey producers to submit a Notice of Loss no later than 30 days (or earlier) from the date of death to their local FSA office reporting the loss of livestock or honeybees. This requirement is to allow for a timely inspection by the local FSA office of the livestock or honeybees. It is strongly suggested that producers contact the local FSA office immediately upon discovering livestock deaths or honeybee losses so that the FSA county office can verify the death and cause of loss. Failure to provide verifiable documentation (by an independent source) or the local FSA office will most likely result in disapproval of the claim.

2014 Crop Year Marketing Assistance Loan (MAL) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP) Applications deadlines for County Offices to accept are as follows:
• February 2, 2015 for wool and peanuts
• March 31, 2015 for wheat, barley, canola, honey, and oats
• June 1, 2015 for corn, cotton, soybeans, grain sorghum, and sunflower
Margin Protection Program for Dairy Farmers (MPP-Dairy)
• 25% of the premium for buy-up coverage for 2015 is due by COB February 2, 2015
• Balance of the premium for buy-up coverage for 2015 is due by COB June 1, 2015
• The registration and coverage election period for 2016 is July 1 – September 30, 2015

Conservation Reserve Program
• January 30, 2015: CRP contract early termination
• September 30, 2015: End Date for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Continuous Signup 47.



Georgia State FSA Office
355 East Hancock Avenue, STOP 100
Athens, Georgia 30601-2775
Phone: 706-546-2266
Fax: 855-409-5735

State Executive Director

Fred Harrison, 706-546-2266

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently appointed Dr. Fred Harrison, Jr. as the new state executive director (SED) for the USDA Georgia Farm Service Agency (FSA). Harrison is a native of Winterville and joined the Georgia FSA team on Monday, June 2.

Harrison is no stranger to FSA; he served on the Georgia FSA State Committee since 2010 and is the owner and operator of Harrison Farms. He also has a strong background in agriculture as he served as the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Home Economics and Allied Programs at Fort Valley State University. He previously served the college as Administrator/Director of the Cooperative Extension Program and as Interim Dean.

Harrison has had a rewarding career with and involvement in the agriculture industry and is a recipient of the “Award of Excellence” from the University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association.

Harrison earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Extension Program Development, Administration and Community Resource Development.

He recently served as a member of the Georgia Rural Development Council.

As SED, Harrison will use his agriculture background and experience in service to oversee FSA programs that protect agricultural practices to ensure a safe, affordable, abundant and nutritious food supply for consumers.

Georgia State Committee

Jerome Tucker, Chairperson, 229-506-0714
Jaclyn D. Ford, Member, 229-686-0965
Reese Thompson, Member, 912-245-1788
Dr. Ivery D. Clifton, Member, 706-207-5217
William (Bill) L. Brim, Member, 229-382-4454


The Farm Service Agency is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Located in all 50 states, our mission is to help American farmers provide reasonably priced food and fiber to the nation and the world.

The Georgia Farm Service Agency State Committee oversees the farm program activities of the agency. The members are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. They hear appeals from local farmers and guide the direction of farm program related agency policy.


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