ORIGINALLY WRITTEN STAFF
The final date to certify planted acreages of grain sorghum, corn, soybeans, cotton, sunflowers, forages and hays, and any other crops and land uses at county Farm Service Agency offices is Aug. 1.
Farmers who meet this deadline will avoid paying late filing fees. A significant number of county farms have not yet completed the filing of their acreage reports
Farm program producers are required to annually report crops and acres to be eligible for loan deficiency payment, Conservation Reserve Program payment, and possible Noninsured Assistance Program payment benefits.
When certifying, producers are expected to accurately report crop acreage sizes, identify their location on aerial photography, and convey field planting dates. Farm operators or owners or their valid power of attorney may file certification.
Producers should remember that Aug. 1 is also a deadline for filing those changes which producers intend to have recognized for the 2000 crop year. These kind of changes may include tenancy and ownership changes, revisions made to Production Flexibility Contract payment shares, or the otherwise return of associated documents which support the producer’s program eligibility.
To ensure prompt service, producers need to schedule farm acreage certification appointments with the local county office by calling 316-382-3714.