(MADISON, Wisconsin), July 7, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds Wisconsin producers to complete crop acreage reports by the applicable deadline for their county. Acreage reporting dates vary by crop and by county.

USDA Reminds Wisconsin Producers to Complete Crop Acreage Reports

(MADISON, Wisconsin), July 7, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds Wisconsin producers to complete crop acreage reports by the applicable deadline for their county. Acreage reporting dates vary by crop and by county.
 
“Because of the pandemic, FSA is waiving the late file fee for producers who file their acreage reports within 30 days of the deadline,” said Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director in Wisconsin. “To make sure you’re eligible for many USDA programs, you need to file an accurate crop acreage report. Our FSA staff is standing by to help you.”
 
The following acreage reporting dates are applicable in Wisconsin:
 
July 15, 2020-All spring-seeded crops; including dry edible beans, dark and light red kidney beans, perennial forage, pasture, rangeland, forage seeding, and all CRP acreage       


August 17, 2020-Processing snap beans, cabbage, and industrial hemp
 
Due to the pandemic, FSA has implemented acreage reporting flexibilities by waiving late file fees for producers who file their acreage reports within 30 days of the deadline. FSA can work with producers to file timely acreage reports by phone, email, online tools and virtual meetings. Some FSA offices are open for in-person appointments, but you must call first to make an appointment.
 
FSA county offices in Wisconsin will provide maps to producers along with instructions for completing and returning the maps through either mail, email or through commercially available free and secure online tools such as Box for file sharing and OneSpan for eSignature solutions. After planting is complete, producers must return the signed form certifying their acreage report to the FSA office through mail, email or the Box and OneSpan tools by July 15, 2020.
 
After completed maps and all acreage reporting information is received, FSA will make software updates and send producers the completed Report of Acreage form (FSA-578) to sign. Producers must return the signed form certifying their acreage report to the FSA office within 30 days of the applicable deadline to avoid late file fees.
 
The following exceptions apply to acreage reporting dates:

  • If the crop has not been planted by the acreage reporting date, the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.

  • If a producer has not timely filed an acreage report, the producer may file the acreage report within 30 days of the acreage reporting date. Because of the pandemic, late fees will be waived if filed within the 30 days.

FSA is also providing additional flexibilities for producers to file on acres with failed crops or crops that were prevented from planting because of extreme weather events. For insured crops, producers who timely filed a prevented planted claim with the reinsurance company but filed a Notice of Loss (CCC-576) form after the deadline will be considered timely filed for FSA purposes. For uninsured crops, producers may start a Notice of Loss by calling their FSA 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 crop begins.
 
When producers are working with FSA staff – either in-person or virtually – they can also take care of applications for other FSA programs, including the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Applications can also be submitted for the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus for 2018 and 2019 as well as other disaster assistance programs that may be able to assist producers at this time.
 
For questions, please call your FSA county office. To locate your local FSA office visit farmers.gov/service-center-locator.
 
All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including some that are open to visitors to conduct business in person by appointment only. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service or any other Service Center agency should call ahead and schedule an appointment. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors may also be required to wear a face covering during their appointment. Field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. Our program delivery staff will be in the office, and they will be working with our producers in office, by phone and using online tools. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

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