In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Jefferson County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline for the 2017 Crop Year.

Please note, your crop insurance agent and FSA will be working with the Acreage and Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI).

This initiative is a result of the 2014 Farm Bill and standardizes data requirements for acreage reporting between FSA and Crop Insurance providers.

At this time, you must sign all acreage reports (FSA-578’s) at a local Farm Service Agency office to meet the FSA program requirements. You may also have to sign forms with your local Crop Insurance Agent.

Please contact your Farm Service Agency office and your Crop Insurance agent to ensure you have completed all required forms to maintain eligibility for all programs.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Jefferson County:

Nov. 15, 2016: Perennial Forage, Fall Mint, Fall-seeded small grains, pasture, rangeland, and forage.

Jan. 15, 2017: Apples, Caneberries, Cherries, Cranberries, Currants, Hops, Huckleberries, Pears, Strawberries.

The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

• If the crop has not been planted by the above 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 above 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.

• If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.

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.

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