Time is drawing near to timely file your 2014 acreage report for this year. Reporting crops being grown and current land uses keeps your farm eligible for many programs we have to offer, including the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs (Replaced the Direct and Counter Cyclical Program (DCP), Conservation Reserve Program, different types of loan programs, and Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Programs. Acreage reports are also necessary when disaster programs are in place due to weather related problems for both crop losses and pasture losses.
A big change to be eligible for the Livestock Feed Program (LFP) is you no longing have to carry insurance coverage on your pasture but you are required to have an acreage report on file designating your pasture land. LFP comes into play when the county falls in at least the D2 category of the US Drought Monitor for 8 consecutive weeks.
Before the office can make a change regarding adding other producers to a farm, verification must be provided by the owner or operator of the farm. A copy of a written lease or verbal verification is acceptable. So keep in mind, if you have leased a new farm you will need to bring in a copy of your written lease agreement or have the landowner or operator call the office before coming in to complete your acreage report. Producers must be added to the farm before the report can be made.
Crop certifications can be completed by farm operators, farm owners, persons authorized by power-of-attorney, and tenants and sharecroppers on crops they have a share.
We urge everyone to mark your calendars and come by the FSA office by July 15 to get those acreage reports completed.