Florida FSA - Columbia and Union Counties - April Updates

April 27, 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            
Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 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

Jenny Morrison, PT   
Website:  www.fsa.usda.gov

From the Desk of Hugh Hunter, CED

I know everyone is busy in the fields.  Producers of hand harvested crops are reminded to notify this office of damage or loss within 72 hours of the date of damage or when the loss first becomes apparent.  This notification can be provided by filing a CCC-576 by email, fax or phone.  Also, producers should 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). Also, producers should report crop acreage.


2016 Acreage Reporting Dates

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

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Columbia-Union County: 

  • April 30, 2016:    Cantaloupes, Corn (sweet), tomatoes, watermelon
  • May 15, 2016:     Tobacco
  • May 30, 2016:     Peas   
  • July 15, 2016:     Corn, Cotton, Millet, Peanuts (Nut), Sorghum, Soybeans           

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. For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Columbia-Union County FSA office at 386-752-8447 ext 2.