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Farmers urged to report crop acreage

April 27, 2010

Colleen Cashell, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County, reminds farmers to submit their annual report of planted crop acreage to their local FSA county office to meet FSA program eligibility requirements.

Accurate acreage reports are necessary to determine and maintain eligibility for various programs, such as the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program, Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program, Average Crop Revenue Election Program, Conservation Reserve Program, Livestock Forage Disaster Program, Tree Assistance Program, and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm Raised Fish Program.

The reports are due by June 15 for small grains and July 15 for all other crops/land uses. Prevented acreage must be reported within 15 calendar days after the final planting date. Failed acreage must be reported before the disposition of the crop. Producers should contact their county FSA office if they are uncertain about reporting deadlines.

Late-filed provisions might be available to producers who are unable to meet the reporting deadline. Reports filed after the established deadline must meet certain requirements to be accepted and might be subject to late fees.

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Producers should visit their county FSA office to complete acreage reporting. In Washington County, go to 1260 Maryland Ave., suite 107, Hagerstown. For questions about this or any FSA program, including specific crop reporting deadlines and planting dates, producers should contact their county FSA office.

For more information, go to http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

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