(Hope, Arkansas), May 9, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director David Whisenhunt in Hempstead County reminds producers to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility.
Producers must report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, they were prevented from planting. Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and the Risk Management Agency.
According to David Whisenhunt, the final planting date for Peanuts and Rice is May 25, 2017.
The final planting date for Grain Sorghum and Soybeans not following another crop is June 15, 2017. The final planting date for Soybeans following another crop is June 25, 2017.
If a producer is unable to report the prevented planting acreage within the 15 calendar days following the final planting date, a late-filed report can be submitted. Late-filed reports will only be accepted if FSA conducts a farm visit to assess the eligible disaster condition that prevented the crop from being planted. A measurement service fee will be charged.
Additionally, producers with failed acres should also use form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, to report failed acres.For losses on crops covered by the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program and crop insurance, producers must file a Notice of Loss within 15 days of the occurrence of the disaster or when losses become apparent. Producers must timely file a Notice of Loss for failed acres on all crops including grasses.
Please contact the Hempstead/Nevada County FSA office at 870-777-8800 to schedule an appointment to file a Notice of Loss. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
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