Mark your calendar. The Iowa office of the USDA's Farm Service Agency, located in Des Moines, reminds farmers of the following acreage reporting requirements and other upcoming deadlines for 2012.
* July 15, 2012 – Final date to report spring seeded crops, CRP and NAP acreages. A transition to new reporting deadlines allows producers who have not already done so, to file an FSA-578, Report of Acreage, certification for their farm by July 15 for crops and land uses.
Producers should also report crop losses resulting from weather-related disaster events within 15 days of the disaster or when the loss first becomes apparent, this includes crops covered by crop insurance, the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and failed crops without insurance coverage. Failed acreage should be reported prior to crop disposition.
* August 1, 2012 – Final date for nominations for the FSA County Committee election. This is also the final date to request fiscal year 2012 farm combination and/or farm division for a farm with base acres.
* September 1, 2012 – Final application closing date for 2013 Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on aquaculture, canola, Christmas trees, nursery crops, turf grass sod and all small grain crops, except oats. FSA program eligibility may require NAP coverage on all non-insurable crops and crop insurance on insurable crops.
* December 15, 2012 – Final date to report perennial forage, fall wheat and other fall-seeded small grains for the 2013 crop year.
Producers are also reminded of on-going programs, which include Direct and Guaranteed Farm Operating and Farm Ownership Loans, Rural Youth Loans, Farm Storage Facility Loans, and Continuous Conservation Reserve Program. For more information on these and other programs administered by FSA, contact your local county office or go online to www.fsa.usda.gov/ia.
USDA confirms three county FSA offices are officially closing in Iowa
John Whitaker, executive director of the Farm Service Agency in Iowa announced last week that as of September 28, 2012, the FSA offices in three southern Iowa counties—Appanoose, Decatur and Union—will be officially closed. From this date forward, all FSA programs and service will be provided by a designated county office (a receiving office) in a neighboring county unless a producer has elected to transfer his/her records to another county.
The receiving county office for Appanoose County is Monroe County located at 1701 S. B Street, Albia, Iowa, the phone number is 641-932-7134. Clarke County is the receiving county for Decatur County, which is located at 709 Furnas Drive, Osceola, Iowa, phone number 641-342-2162. Union County's receiving office is Adams County located at 2243 Loomis Ave., Corning, Iowa. The phone number for the Adams County office is 641-322-4240.
On May 29, 2012, the Iowa FSA office received approval from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to proceed with the implementation of county office consolidation plan, including the Appanoose, Decatur and Union county offices in Iowa.
"Over the past three years, FSA has faced a variety of budget-related challenges," says Bruce Nelson, administrator of the Farm Service Agency in Washington, D.C. "Through a targeted office consolidation effort that includes 125 offices nationwide, FSA is striving to balance significant budget cuts, staff reductions and increasing workloads while focusing the efforts of our staff on high-quality service. These are 2,119 offices remaining in the FSA network to do just that.
"Although we recognize that change is never easy, we strongly believe that taking this action now is critical to ensuring FSA can continue to serve its customers as it adjusts to budget constraints," says Nelson. "FSA can only achieve the high level of service expected through consolidation of our human, financial and technical resources."
For more information, contact the Iowa FSA office in Des Moines at 515-254-1540.