U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Executive Director Reginald Ellis in East Feliciana, West Feliciana and East Baton Rouge parishes is asking farmers to pay close attention to the upcoming acreage reporting dates.

He said producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.

“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the East/West Feliciana and East Baton Rouge Parish FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline,” Ellis said.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for East and West Feliciana and East Baton Rouge parishes:

Nov. 15, 2017: perennial forage (grass certification)

Dec. 15, 2017: fall-seeded small grains

The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

• If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.

• If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease.

• If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15 of each year.

According to Ellis, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program policy holders should note the acreage reporting date for NAP-covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, call (225) 683-8955.