USDA reminds producers to complete crop acreage reports


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The FSA is currently open to phone appointments only but can still work with producers on timely filing crop acreage reports. FSA staff can provide assistance over the phone and by email. In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers must file an accurate crop acreage report by the July 15 deadline.

FSA staff is still able to assist producers in completing acreage reports, including providing maps. FSA County offices will provide maps to producers through mail or email with instructions for completing the maps. After planting is complete, producers should return completed maps and the acreage reporting sheet by mail or email to the FSA office. After completed maps and all acreage reporting information is received, FSA will make software updates and mail or email 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 through mail or email by the applicable date listed above. 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. Producers should also report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, were unable to plant. Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and USDA’s Risk Management Agency. For questions, please contact your FSA County office at 419-668-4113.

Farmers in Ohio can now apply for financial assistance

Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone and online tools to help producers complete applications.

Producers can download the CFAP application and other eligibility forms from farmers.gov/cfap. Also, on that webpage, producers can find a payment calculator to help identify sales and inventory records needed to apply and calculate potential payments.

Changing bank accounts

FSA program payments are issued electronically into your bank account. In order to make timely payments, you need to notify your FSA servicing office if you close your account or if your bank information is changed for whatever reason (such as your financial institution merging or being purchased). Payments can be delayed if FSA is not notified of changes to account and bank routing numbers. For some programs, payments are not made until the following year. For example, payments for crop year 2019 through the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage program aren’t paid until 2020. If the bank account was closed due to the death of an individual or dissolution of an entity or partnership before the payment was issued, please notify your local FSA office as soon as possible to claim your payment.

Dates to remember:

June 15 — County Committee Nomination Period begins.

June 30 — Deadline for enrollment in 2020 ARCPLC.

July 3 — Independence Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.

July 15 — Final certification date to report; cabbage planted through May 31; corn, grain sorghum, hybrid corn seed, spring oats, potatoes, popcorn, sugar beets, tomatoes and other crops.

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