The new deadlines for crop acreage reporting for 2014 are fast-approaching. Producers must now report all perennial and biennial forage crops, such as hay, pasture and rangeland, to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) for the 2014 crop year by Nov. 15. For fall-seeded small grain crops, such as winter wheat, barley and oats, these reports are due by Dec. 16, as Dec. 15 falls on a weekend.
Producers with crop insurance must also report their forages and small-seeded grains to their insurance company.
The new dates were implemented in 2012 to align reporting deadlines for the FSA and the Risk Management Agency (RMA), which oversees the Federal Crop Insurance Program. The move was done to make reporting easier and standardized for FSA program and crop insurance purposes.
I encourage all of our local farmers to file their acreage reports by the new deadlines. These reports affect FSA program eligibility and filing late can result in fees.
For those in Camden and Pulaski counties, contact the local FSA in Lebanon, located at:
- Laclede County Farm Service Agency
1242 Deadra Dr.
Lebanon, MO., 65536-4669
For those located in Phelps and Crawford counties, contact:
- Phelps County Farm Service Agency
1050 E. State Rt. 72, Ste. 1
Rolla, MO., 65401
Producers in Dent County can contact:
- Texas County Farm Service Agency
6726 Hwy. 63
Houston, MO., 65483-2701
Local farmers and landowners may also contact the state FSA office at:
- Missouri State Farm Service Agency
601 Business Loop 70 W., Ste. 250
Columbia, MO., 65203-2546
For more information about the FSA and the various programs available to crop producers, please visit www.fsa.usda.gov or contact your local FSA office listed above.
Always feel free to contact me throughout the year with any comments, questions, or issues by calling my office at (573) 751-5713 or by visiting my website at www.senate.mo.gov/brown.