|USDA reminds of deadlines|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Trudy Kareus reminds producers that several federal farm program sign-up and reporting deadlines are approaching. The enrollment deadline for the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program is June 1, 2011.
“Due to multiple program deadline dates in the next few months, all FSA county offices are experiencing an increase in workload, so it is important for producers to be aware of these deadlines and make appointments with our office to sign up for program benefits as soon as possible,” said Kareus.
Below is a schedule of important FSA program deadlines to remember:
—May 31: 2010 crop year final loan availability date for corn, soybeans, grain sorghum, sunflowers, dry peas, safflower, lentils, chickpeas.
—June 1: deadline for 2011 DCP Enrollment and for 2011 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program election.
—July 15: crop acreage reporting deadline.
—July 29: 2009 Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) program sign-up deadline.
—Aug. 1: deadline to request a 2011 farm reconstitution.
Sept. 1: deadline to file 2010 production reports for ACRE. This deadline was extended from the original deadline of July 15 for 2010 production only.
The 2011 crop year acreage reporting deadline for most crops and the deadline to file 2010 production reports for most Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) crops varies by region, so Kareus suggests producers contact the local FSA county office to determine county-specific deadlines.
For more information about FSA program and reporting deadlines, contact Phillips County FSA office at 854-2812 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/co.
Holyoke Enterprise May 26, 2011