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Certifying Acres is Still Crucial -- FSA

DANIEL LOOKER Updated: 06/11/2014 @ 12:10pm Business Editor

It's a long-standing annual ritual: Plant, spray, then drive over to your local Farm Service Agency office to certify your acres.

This year, even though the sign-up for commodity programs in the new farm bill is months away, you'll still need to certify your acres in order to be in the program you choose. The deadline for acreage reports in many Corn Belt states is July 15.

"Historically, acreage certification has been a requirement to be eligible for USDA programs, and although some federal farm program sign-ups have not yet started, timely acreage reports submitted to your local FSA office will be important to ensuring program eligibility," Iowa FSA executive director John Whitaker said in a statement released by his office Tuesday.

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) requires accurate and timely filed acreage reports for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage as well as Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres.

Acreage reports are considered filed in a timely basis when completed by the applicable final crop reporting deadline, which may vary from state to state. 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. You should contact your county FSA office if you have questions about reporting deadlines.

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