Florida FSA - Columbia and Union Counties - January Updates

January 29, 2016

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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 March 31, 2016 at 8:30am.

COC Members:
Ross Terry, Chairperson
Alan Courson Vice-Chairperson
Joshua Smith, Member
Aldine Feagle, Member
Charlie Crawford, Member
Walter Rentz, Advisor

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

The Columbia-Union County Committee met on January 28, 2016 and held their 2016 Organizational Meeting.  Ross Terry was elected to serve as Chairperson and Alan Courson was elected to serve as Vice-Chairperson for 2016. 


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 CCC-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 the following crops are as follows:  

Cabbage
2/15/16

Broccoli, Greens
2/28/16

Eggplant, Peas (English) Peppers
3/31/16

Cantaloupe, Corn (Sweet), Millet (except seed), Tomatoes, Watermelons
4/15/16

Beans, Cucumbers, Okra, Squash
4/30/16

Peas
5/15/16

Peanuts (Green)
5/25/16

Soybeans
6/15/16

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 CCC-576, Notice of Loss, to report failed acres.  

For losses on crops covered by the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), 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.  

For hand-harvested crops, at least one producer having in a share in the unit must notify FSA of damage or loss through the Administrative County Office for the unit within 72 hours of the date damage or loss first becomes apparent.

Notification may be provided by the participant or participant’s representative by the following methods:

  • Filing the FSA-576 Part B
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Phone

Please contact the Columbia-Union County FSA Office at 386-752-8447 ext 2 to schedule an appointment to file a Notice of Loss. To find your local FSA office visit http://offices.usda.gov.