Florida FSA - Columbia and Union Counties - March Updates

March 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   
 Monday - Friday
 8:00 am – 4:30 pm     

County Committee            

The County Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for March 26, 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 
Bunny Dubas, PT 
Jenny Morrison, PT   
Website:  www.fsa.usda.gov

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: 

May 15, 2015:                               Tobacco

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.

Filing for NAP Losses

The CCC-576, Notice of Loss, is used to report failed acreage and prevented planting and may be completed by any producer with an interest in the crop. Timely filing a Notice of Loss is required for all crops including grasses. For losses on crops covered by the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and crop insurance, you must file a CCC-576, Notice of Loss, in the FSA County Office within 15 days of the occurrence of the disaster or when losses become apparent. 

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

If filing for prevented planting, an acreage report and CCC-576 must be filed within 15 calendar days of the final planting date for the crop.