FSA Notes Acreage Reporting Requirements By Keith L. Zanter
Clay County FSA Office All farm operators in Clay County should have received their FSA farm maps in mid-April to report their acres.�? Producers should review these maps, since corrections have been made due to CRP enrollment, ownership changes and other record changes. Both the planted acres and planting dates are required to be reported for each field.�? To save time, please record this information on your FSA farm maps prior to your appointment. Producers with prevented or failed acreage must timely notify the FSA office to enable them to receive cropping history. Prevented planting must be reported no later than 15 days after the final planting date.�? In Clay County, the final planting date for corn is May 31 and final planting date for soybeans is June 10. Prevented planted acres occur when a crop cannot be planted during the established planting period for the crop because of a natural disaster.�? Producers requesting prevented planting must show that all cropland feasible to plant and prevented from being planted was affected by a natural disaster and that preliminary efforts were made to plant the crop. Acreage reports for failed acreage must be filed within 15 days of the disaster event and prior to disposition of the crop.�? The producer must be able to establish to the satisfaction of the county committee that the crop failed through the normal planting period because of natural disaster conditions. The final reporting date for all crops (not prevented or failed) is July 15. Please schedule an appointment to report your acres planted by calling 605-624-7060 #2. USDA Announces Deadline for 2005-07 LCP and LIP Sign-up Livestock producers have until July 18, to enroll in the 2005-07 Livestock Compensation Program (LCP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). Signup began on Sept. 10, 2007, for the two programs that provide aid to livestock producers who suffered eligible livestock or livestock feed losses between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2007, because of a natural disaster. LIP provides payments to eligible livestock owners and contract growers who incurred the death of livestock because of a natural disaster. LCP provides payments to eligible livestock owners and cash lessees who suffered feed losses or increased feed costs because of a natural disaster. More information about LCP and LIP is available online at: http://disaster.fsa .usda.gov. For more information on FSA programs, visit your local USDA Service Center or the agencyâ�?�?s Web site, http://www.fsa.usda.gov.