Florida FSA - Columbia and Union Counties - July Updates

July 2015

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Columbia-Union County FSA Updates


2304 SW Main Blvd
Suite 103
Lake City, FL 32025  

386-752-8447 Phone 
855-485-0087 Fax   
  
 Hours 
 Monday - Friday
 8:00 am – 4:30 pm     


County Committee            

The County Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for July 30, 2015 at 8:30 am.


COC Members:

Travis Dicks Chairperson

Ross Terry Vice Chairperson

Delvey Dicks Member

Alan Courson Member

Joshua Smith Member

Walter Rentz Advisor


County Office Staff 
  
Hugh Hunter, County Executive Director 
  
Jim Boyd, Farm Loans
352-372-4668

County Office Staff 
  
Hugh Hunter, County Executive Director 
  
Jim Boyd, Farm Loans
352-372-4668

Bunny Dubas, PT 
  
Jenny Morrison, PT   


Website:  www.fsa.usda.gov

From the Desk of Hugh Hunter, CED

July 15th is approaching rapidly, don’t forget to report Spring and Summer seeded crops.

Producers with NAP coverage that experience a crop loss due to adverse weather conditions will need to notify the County Office within 72 hours for hand harvested crops.

Those of you that were unable to plant crops by the final planting date because of a natural disaster must file an FSA-576 Notice of Loss within 15 days after the final planting date for the crop.  


Acreage Reporting Dates

In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for COLUMBIA-UNION and DUVAL-BAKER-NASSAU County:

July 15, 2015:                               all other crops

November 15, 2015:                     PRF/Perennial Forage

January 15, 2016:                         Fall-seeded Small Grain

The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

  • If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.

  • If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

  • If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.

NAP Acreage Reports:  The State Committee determined for all annually planted fruits and vegetables covered by NAP the producer shall report acreage within 15 calendar days after the completion of planting for each specific crop type.


Producers Must Report Prevented Planting and Failed Acres

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) 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, 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 Risk Management Agency (RMA).

According to CED Hugh Hunter, the final planting date for corn is April 15th, cotton is May 31st, and peanuts is June 5th.

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 Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) 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.