ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BILL HARMON
Farm Service Agency
Farmers planning to earn and receive farm program payments and benefits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are required by existing farm bill regulations to file acreage reports for all cropland on their enrolled farms by Aug. 1.
Terms within the Direct & Counter-cyclical Program makes it mandatory for producers to report all cropland acreage, which may include converted pasture and haylands.
Common crops to report at this time are corn, sorghums, soybeans, sunflowers and alfalfa.
Reporting producers should be prepared to accurately certify planted acres and provide about planting dates on a field-by-field basis.
If you have continuing coverage under a noninsured assistance program policy, an acreage and prior year’s production report is also required.
With the Aug. 1 filing deadline approaching, a number of producers in Marion County have yet to file reports. Those who have not done so should call the county office at 620-382-3714 to schedule an appointment to complete the task.
Producers should also keep in mind that any recent changes in their farm operations as a result of recent land purchases or sales need to be reported to applicable county Farm Service Agency personnel no later than Aug. 1.
Bill Harmon is executive director of the Farm Service Agency office for Marion County.