Steve Maurer, state executive director for Ohio's Farm Service Agency, reminds producers of the acreage reporting requirements that must be met prior to receiving program benefits. If producers miss the acreage reporting deadline dates, a late filing fee will be charged.
"Producers are required to file an FSA-578, Report of Acreage, certification for the farm by June 30 for small grains and by July 15 for all other crops except small grains," Maurer says, To be considered timely, acreage reports on crops are due in the county office by June 30 for small grains and July 15 for all other crops, or 15 calendar days before the onset of harvest or grazing of the specific crop acreage being reported.
It is also very important that producers report crop losses, including those insured under Federal Crop Insurance and Non-insured Assistance Program within 15 days of the date damage occurred or 15 days from the date damage is apparent. Losses and or damages to crops must be reported after each disaster occurrence and in a timely manner to insure continued eligibility for benefits.
Producers are encouraged to visit their local FSA county office to file the required FSA-578 certification report before the deadline dates expire. Filing an accurate acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage and prevented planting acreage, can prevent the loss of benefits for a variety of programs.
Maurer also announced that candidate nominations are open for local Farm Service Agency county committees. FSA is accepting nomination forms for eligible candidates to serve on the local FSA County Committees. The nomination period ends Aug. 1, 2011.
"I encourage producers to become a candidate for their local FSA County Committee and make a difference," says Maurer. "FSA County Committees have an important role in the decision making process for commodity price support loans and payments, conservation and disaster programs and other important agricultural issues in their farming community."
Almost anyone participating or cooperating in a local FSA program may be a candidate. Individuals may nominate themselves or others. All nomination forms must be received in the County FSA office or postmarked by Aug. 1. The nomination form is available at local FSA offices or on Ohio's FSA homepage at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/oh under the "I Want To" section. Voting takes place between Nov. 4 and December 5, 2011.
A producer is eligible to be a County FSA Committee member if the producer lives in the Local Administrative Areas up for election, participates or cooperates in a program administered by FSA and is an eligible voter. Additional information of eligibility to hold office may be obtained at your local FSA office.
For more information about FSA county committees, visit your local FSA office or the FSA website at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.