Crop certification deadline for farmers set for July 16

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 14, 2007

Special to The Journal

Farmers and ranchers are reminded that only a little over a week remains to report their 2007 spring-seeded crop acreage, as well as Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage, to Farm Service Agency (FSA). Monday, July 16, 2007, is the final date to report the crops and acreage.

July 16, 2007, is also the final date for producers to turn in their 2006 Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) production.

An accurate and timely certified acreage report is required by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 for producers participating in the Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program (DCP), marketing loans, Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) in order to be eligible for program payment benefits.

Filing an acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent loss of benefits.

A certification report is acceptable from any of the following:

farm operator, farm owner, tenant for their crop share, or person authorized by power-of-attorney.

Producers are not required to report crop acreage for reasons other than those mentioned above; however, FSA will accept acreage reports from all producers who wish to report their crops.

It is suggested that you call the local FSA Office to make an appointment to report your crops.