FSA programs explained: Important deadlines
April 1, 2011
As the ever looming tax day approaches (it is still April 15?) I am reminded how important it is to keep a calendar and write down important dates and deadlines. The Farm Service Agency has a few deadlines that would do well on your calendar of important dates and deadlines.
• April 15 – This is the final day to submit and sign your Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) offer. The deadline to submit an offer will vary depending on the sign-up period. This year’s CRP sign-up lasts for 31 days and began on March 14, 2011. Since these sign-ups are announced, you don’t need to write this on next year’s calendar. However, the Farm Service Agency does offer a continuous sign-up for certain conservation practices such as tree belts and riparian restoration. These offers may be submitted at any time.
• June 1 – This is the final day to complete your Direct and Countercyclical Program (DCP) contract. At least one signature on the contract must be obtained before this date. Average Crop Revenue (ACRE) contracts are synonymous with DCP, however, if you are electing to participate in ACRE for the first time; June 1 is the deadline for completing your one time ACRE election form.
• July 15 – This is the final day to complete your FSA-578 Report of Acreage, otherwise known as the crop report. The crop report is the foundation for most programs administered in the FSA. Even if you do not plan on participating in any FSA programs for the year, it is still a good idea to complete your crop report for future program eligibility. The July 15 date is for South Dakota. The date can vary from state to state. For example, the crop reporting deadline in Wyoming is July 1. If you operate a farm or ranch in another state, you should contact your local Farm Service Agency Service center for the actual date.
The crop reporting deadline is also the deadline for submitting production evidence for crops covered by the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program in the previous year. Failure to provide production evidence could result in a “Zero” credited yield for the year.
• July 29 – This is the final day to complete your application for the Supplemental Revenue Payments Program (SURE) for crop revenue losses incurred in 2009. If you suffered at least a 10 percent production loss on any of your crops, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. If so, you should contact your local Farm Service Agency Service Center in order to complete your application.
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• 15 days – I know this is not a date that you can write on your calendar, but it is a very important date if are participating in the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). Producers’ should file a Notice of Loss within 15 days of the crop loss being apparent or within 15 days of the final planting date for prevented planting claims.
• 30 days – Again, this is not a date that you can write on your calendar, but it is a very important date if you suffer livestock losses due to an adverse weather event. Producers have 30 days after their livestock losses become apparent in order to file a Notice of Loss for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). This may be accomplished by phone, fax or e-mail and should be accomplished for each event that causes losses.
• January 30 – This is the deadline for completing your Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) application as long as you have remembered the “30 days” date and completed your Notice of Loss.
james neill is the county executive director for the farm service agency in meade county, sd and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. questions about the program deadlines or any other farm service agency program should be directed to your local farm service agency service center.