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2016 Acreage Reporting Dates for Mississippi Producers
In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit theirlocal FSA County Office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.
The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for all counties in Mississippi:
December 15, 2015: Fall Seeded Small Grains
January 2, 2016: Honey
January 15, 2016: Blueberries, Grapes, Peaches
March 15, 2016: Pecans
July 15, 2016: all other crops
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.
- If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.
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 crop begins.
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 www.fsa.usda.gov/CRPis30
. 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.
Microloans can be used for all approved operating expenses as authorized by the FSA Operating Loan Program, including but not limited to:
- Initial start-up expenses;
- Annual expenses such as seed, fertilizer, land rents;
- Purchase of livestock, equipment, and other materials essential to farm operations;
- Hoop houses to extend the growing season;
What You Need To Know About Heir Property
Heir property refers to land that has been passed down informally from generation-to-generation. In most cases, it involves landowners who died without a will. For more details regarding heir property, read or download the What You Need to Know About Heir Property
PDF (114 KB).
2015 FSA County Committee Elections
Every Mississippi eligible producer should participate in Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees elections whether you are a beginning or longtime producer, or whether you have a large or small operation. County committees are your link with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Farmers and ranchers who serve on FSA county committees apply their judgement and knowledge to help with the decisions necessary to administer FSA programs in their counties, ensuring the needs of local producers are met. FSA county committees operate within official federal regulations so that local input is provided on federal programs such as:
- Income safety-net loans and payments
- Incentive, indemnity and disaster payments for some commodities
Agricultural producers of legal voting age may be eligible to vote if they participate or cooperate in any FSA program. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate. Organizations representing minority and women farmers or ranchers may nominate candidates. Nomination forms are filed for the county committee of the office that administers a producer's farm records.
Nov. 9, 2015- Ballots mailed to eligible voters
Dec. 7, 2015 - Last day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center
Jan. 1, 2016 -Newly elected county committee members take office
Message from Michael R. Sullivan, State Executive Director
It is a great honor and a privilege to serve Farm Service Agency (FSA) as State Executive Director of the great State of Mississippi. At FSA, our dedicated staff strives to manage and deliver farm commodity programs, conservation, disaster assistance, and farm loans that improves the economic viability of agriculture in our State.
We are here to provide the best available resources to our farmers and ranchers including beginning farmers. In Mississippi and across the nation, our farmers impact the lives of our nation with food and fiber affordable, safer, and more efficiently than any other country in the world. Mississippi FSA is eager to assist all eligible producers with their farm operation.
USDA Farm Service Agency
6311 Ridgewood Road, Suite W100
Jackson, MS 39211-2035