Texas farmers have until July 15 to report spring-seeded crops to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices and crop insurance agents.
Filing a timely crop acreage report is important for 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.
Farmers filing reports with FSA county offices are encouraged to set up an appointment before visiting the office. Farmers who set up appointments before the July 15 deadline are considered timely filed, even if the appointment occurs after the deadline.
“We encourage you to contact your FSA county office today to set up an appointment,” USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey said. “Our team is standing by to help you complete this important process that keeps you eligible for key USDA programs.”
Other USDA efforts to help farmers
USDA is taking additional steps to help farmers across the country, including:
- Updating the haying and grazing date for farmers and ranchers 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 FSA’s Prevented or Delayed Planting website.