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Deadline for farm benefits is Sunday

A key deadline is approaching for farmers who need to file timely and accurate reports to avoid losing Farm Service Agency benefits, the local director said.

"In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Douglas County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline," said Steve Frericks, executive director of the local FSA office.

By Sunday, July 15, farmers must report annually spring-seeded crops including but not limited to corn, soybeans, spring wheat, oats and barley.

Also by July 15, farmers must report acreage for a perennial forage crop with the intended use of "cover only," "green manure," "left standing" or "seed."

The exceptions are:

• 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. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

Frericks advised Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program policy holders to note that 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 more information, call 320-763-3191, Ext 2.

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