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FSA reporting deadlines approaching

Thursday, July 1, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- Julia A. Wickard, Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Indiana announced today that reporting deadlines are approaching. Producers of crops that are prevented from being planted or have failed due to disaster related conditions are encouraged to report crop acreages to their local FSA Office.

"The Indiana FSA wants Indiana producers to be aware of the dates associated with timely filing prevented and failed crop acreage; especially due to recent weather events. This will ensure that their eligibility for future FSA programs and benefits are not adversely affected," stated Wickard.

For failed crop acreage to be considered timely filed, the acreage must be reported to the local FSA office prior to the crop being destroyed. In addition, prevented planted crop acreage must be reported to the local FSA office within 15 days of the final planting date for the intended crop.

In Indiana, the final planting date and deadlines to file prevented planted are as follows:

CornJune 5, 2010June 21, 2010July 15, 2010
SoybeansJune 20, 2010July 6, 2010July 15, 2010

Indiana's final planting date for soybeans was June 20; therefore producers should report any soybean acreage that they were prevented from planting to their local FSA Office by July 6, 2010 to avoid possible late filed fees.

The final date to report all cropland acreage to FSA is July 15, 2010. Failure to report all crop acreage to FSA by this date directly affects the producer's eligibility for FSA program payments.

Information on FSA programs is available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity employer, provider and lender.

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