USDA extends deadline to report spring-seeded crops in Louisiana

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (USDA) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the deadline to file crop acreage reports for Louisiana agricultural producers impacted by flooding, heavy moisture and other natural disasters.

The new July 22 deadline applies to reporting most spring-seeded crops to USDA’s Farm Service Agency parish offices and federal crop insurance agents.

“During 2019, agriculture operations throughout the state have been affected by a significant and ongoing flood event, and these producers now face another dangerous weather event in Tropical Storm Barry.” said Craig McCain, FSA State Executive Director in Louisiana. “This extension of the crop acreage reporting deadline provides more flexibility for producers to deal with the challenges faced by their families and on their farms.”

Filing a timely crop acreage report is important to maintaining eligibility for USDA conservation, disaster assistance, safety net, crop insurance and farm loan programs. A crop acreage report documents all crops and their intended uses and is an important part of record-keeping for your farm or ranch.

Producers filing reports with FSA county offices are encouraged to set up an appointment before visiting the office. Acreage reports from Louisiana producers who set up appointments before the July 22 deadline are considered timely filed, even if the appointment occurs after the deadline.

“Even though the deadline has been extended, I encourage producers to contact their local FSA office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to report acreage,” McCain said.

The following exceptions apply to acreage reporting:
• If the crop has not been planted by the reporting date, the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
• If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchasing or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the parish office.

USDA also extended the acreage reporting deadline in 12 other states impacted by flooding, excessive moisture and other natural disasters. Additionally, USDA is taking other steps to help producers, including:
•Updating the haying and grazing date for producers who have planted cover crops on prevented plant acres;
•Offering special sign-ups through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for assistance to plant cover crops; and
•Extending the deadline to report prevented plant acres in certain places.

For more information, visit the Prevented or Delayed Planting webpage.

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