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FSA needs annual acreage reports by July 15

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Roane County producers are reminded to submit their annual report of acreage to the Roane/Loudon USDA Farm Service Agency office to meet program eligibility requirements.

“Producers must file their reports accurately and timely for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage, to ensure they receive the maximum FSA program benefits possible,” said Roane/Loudon FSA Director Nancy H. Brackett.

The deadline is July 15 for most spring-seeded crops.

Accurate acreage reports are necessary to determine and maintain eligibility for various programs, including the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program, Average Crop Revenue Election Program, Livestock Forage Disaster Program, Tree Assistance Program, and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm Raised Fish Program.

Prevented acreage must be reported within 15 calendar days after the final planting date.

Failed acreage must be reported before the disposition of the crop.

Producers should contact the FSA office if they are uncertain about reporting deadlines.

Late-filed provisions may be available to producers who are unable to meet the reporting deadline as required.

Reports filed after the established deadline must meet certain requirements to be accepted and may be charged late fees.

For information, contact the Roane/Loudon FSA office at 424 N. Kentucky St., Room 110, Kingston, or at 376-2392, Option 2.