Producers Are Encouraged to Report Prevented Planting, Failed Acres

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility for some programs.

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

Contact your local FSA office for a list of final planting dates by crop.

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. Late-filed reports may be accepted if FSA conducts a farm visit and is able to assess the eligible disaster condition that prevented the crop from being planted. A measurement service fee will be charged.

Additionally, producers should also use form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, to report failed acres.

Producers with Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on hand-harvested and other crops designated by FSA 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 certain other crops covered by NAP, 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.

Please contact your FSA county office to identify whether you have 72 hours or 15 days to report damage or loss of a specific crop.

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Story source: Farm Service Agency

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