Producers should report prevented planting, failed acres

From the Farm Service Agency

If an eligible disaster condition affects crop acreage, producers should report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain Farm Service Agency program eligibility for some programs.

Producers should report crop acreage they intended to plant, but because of natural disaster, were prevented from planting. Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date, for the physical location county, as established by FSA and Risk Management Agency.

The final planting dates are/were as follows:

Corn — April 25 for all counties in Mississippi not listed as follows in the May 10 listing.

Corn — May 10 for these counties: Alcorn, Benton, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Marshall, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Pontotoc, Prentiss and Union

Grain Sorghum — May 15

Cotton — May 25

Peanuts — May 31

Soybeans — June 15

Wheat — Nov. 30

The county committee can act on a timely filed prevented planting request. If a producer is unable to report the prevented planting acreage within the 15 calendar days following the final planting date, a late-filed report can be submitted. RMA records/CIMS data can be used to verify the late-filed reports.

If RMA records/CIMS data is not available to support the late filed prevented planting request, then a late filing fee will apply and FSA will only approve a prevented planting request after a field visit is performed that can still show physical evidence, of the reason of loss, exists at time of spot-check.

Producers with failed acres should also use form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, to report failed acres within 15 days of when the crop failure is considered apparent.

Producers of hand-harvested crops must notify FSA of damage or loss through the administrative county office within 72 hours of the date of damage or loss first becomes apparent. This notification can be provided by filing a CCC-576, email, fax or phone. Producers who notify the county office by any method other than by filing the CCC-576 are still required to file a CCC-576, Notice of Loss, within the required 15 calendar days.

For losses on crops covered by the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, producers must file a Notice of Loss within 15 days of the occurrence of the disaster or when losses become apparent. Producers must timely file a Notice of Loss for failed acres on all crops including grasses.

LFP Deadline

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program payment will be based on the number of eligible livestock and/or the eligible cool-season pasture acres certified as intended use of grazing. The signup for 2017 LFP cool-season pasture grass is underway. Important: FSA county offices may stop accepting late-filed cool season acreage certifications when physical evidence of the 2017 cool-season grazing crop is no longer apparent. The final certification date for cool-season pasture was Nov 15, but was extended until Dec 15. The final certification date for ryegrass, wheat and oats for grazing was Dec 15. At some point, FSA will stop approving late-filed certifications because the cool-season grazing crop is no longer present and/or actively growing.

The cool-season grazing period ended for fescue April 30 and for ryegrass will end May 31.

Ryegrass, Wheat, Oats, Etc. — A field visit and late fee is required for any late-filed ryegrass, wheat, oats, etc. Evidence of the crop must be apparent at time of field visit. FSA may not accept late file ryegrass, wheat, oats, etc., after May 31 unless physical evidence of the crop is apparent showing the crop is still there and actively growing.

Fescue — Fescue needs to have physical evidence in the field to be accepted as a late-file certification. If the fescue (cool-season grass) goes dormant, then FSA may stop accepting 2017 crop certifications for fescue. When the COC decides that the fescue has gone dormant, at that time, fescue certifications may cease. Dormancy can occur in fescue and other cool-season grasses affecting their growth when temperatures are above 90 degrees. In other words, cool-season grass will stop growing when dormancy occurs and warm-season grasses may become predominant at that time.

If you want to late-file certify a cool-season grazing crop for any purpose including for LFP eligibility, you need to do it immediately. Call your FSA county office to establish an appointment or if you have questions.

Guaranteed Loan Program

FSA guaranteed loans allow lenders to provide agricultural credit to farmers who do not meet the lender’s normal underwriting criteria. Farmers and ranchers apply for a guaranteed loan through a lender, and the lender arranges for the guarantee. FSA can guarantee up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. Guaranteed loans can be used for both farm ownership and operating purposes.

Guaranteed farm ownership loans can be used to purchase farmland, construct or repair buildings, develop farmland to promote soil and water conservation or to refinance debt.

Guaranteed operating loans can be used to purchase livestock, farm equipment, feed, seed, fuel, farm chemicals, insurance and other operating expenses.

FSA can guarantee farm ownership and operating loans up to $1,399,000. Repayment terms vary depending on the type of loan, collateral and the producer’s ability to repay the loan. Operating loans are normally repaid within seven years and farm ownership loans are not to exceed 40 years.

Please contact your lender or local FSA farm loan office for more information on guaranteed loans.