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Palo Alto County FSA Update USDA Reminds Producers to Complete Crop Acreage Reports By July 15, 2020

June 26, 2020
Emmetsburg News

by Lisa Forburger

The Palo Alto County office for USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently open to phone and virtual appointments only but can still work with producers on timely filing crop acreage reports. FSA staff can provide assistance through the walk up window, over the phone, or by email and mail.

July 15this the deadline to report spring planted crops in Palo Alto County. In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers must file an accurate crop acreage report by this deadline. FSA staff is still able to assist producers in completing acreage reports, including providing maps.

We will provide maps to producers through the walk up window, email and mail with instructions for completing the maps. After planting is complete, producers should return completed maps and the acreage reporting sheet by dropping off, email or mail.

After completed maps and all acreage reporting information is received, FSA will make software updates and have you pickup, email or mail 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.

The following exceptions apply to acreage reporting dates:

If the crop has not been planted by the 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 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 crop begins.

If you have applied for organic certification and do not receive it before the acreage reporting deadline, you may provide the necessary documentation to FSA immediately upon receipt from the certifying agent.

For questions, please contact the Palo Alto County FSA office at 712-852-3386 or iaemmetsbu-fsa@usda .gov



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