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Lincoln County FSA acreage reporting map pick up dates announced

The Lincoln County FSA Office will have aerial photos available to pick up in the USDA Service Center parking today from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. and Wednesday, May 27 from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.

If someone wants another person, other than their spouse, to pick up their maps, they need to have that person bring a signed statement permitting FSA to provide their maps to the other person.

Farmers will need to complete their maps with the crops, shares, planting date, prevented planted areas, and acres if an official field is not all planted to the same crop. They will then need to mail or drop off the farm maps at the Lincoln County FSA Office so the data can be entered on the FSA-578 Acreage Report. The FSA-578 Acreage Report will be emailed to the farm operator or can be picked up from the FSA office. The farm operator, owner, or other producer must sign the FSA-578 Acreage Report, and return it to the FSA office by fax, email, mail, or placed in the locked drop box at the FSA office.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Lincoln County:

July 15, all spring seeded crops, perennial crops, pastures, and CRP

Nov. 15, apiculture and fall-seeded small grains

Jan. 15, apples

“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers must file an accurate crop acreage report by the applicable deadline,” said Martin Wilson, FSA’s county executive director in Lincoln County.

For questions, contact FSA’s Lincoln County office at 507-694-1644 ex 2.

USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or Soil and Water Conservation District are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

USDA reminds producers to complete crop acreage reports

The Lyon County office for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently open to phone and virtual appointments only but can still work with producers on timely filing crop acreage reports. FSA staff can provide assistance over the phone, by email and through virtual meetings via Microsoft Teams.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Lyon County:

July 31, 2020 All crops

“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers must file an accurate crop acreage report by the applicable deadline,” said David Schreiber, FSA’s County executive director in Lyon County. “Our FSA staff is still able to assist producers in completing acreage reports, including providing maps.”

The Lyon County FSA office will provide maps to producers through pickup at the office, mail or email with instructions for completing the maps. After planting is complete, producers should return completed maps to the office by dropping it off or by mail or email before mid June.

After completed maps and all acreage reporting information is received, FSA will make software updates and provide by pickup, mail or email to producers the completed Report of Acreage form (FSA-578) to sign. Producers must return the signed form certifying their acreage report to the FSA office by dropping it off or by mail or email before July 15.

The following exceptions apply to acreage reporting dates:

• If the crop has not been planted by the 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 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.

Producers should also report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, were unable to plant. 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 USDA’s Risk Management Agency.

For questions, please contact FSA’s Lyon County office at 507-537-1401.

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