We at FSA sincerely hope most of you have been able to get back into the fields and make some progress in planting your corn, soybeans, or vegetables and in harvesting your first cutting of hay.
Due to all the Ohio spring rainfall, an extension of time has been approved by the Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs for Ohio farmers to file prevented planting forms in your local FSA office.
For all spring planted crops except small grains, Ohio County Committees may now accept your form CCC-576 for prevented planting as “timely filed” through the July 15 final crop reporting date. If you were prevented from planting your spring small grain crops (example: oats, barley, rye, or spelt), your prevented planting form must be filed with FSA by the final crop reporting date of June 30.
This one-time extension for 2011 was granted only for filing prevented planting. So don’t be confused – the final crop reporting deadlines for Ohio are not being extended. Small grains must be reported by June 30 and feed grains (corn & soybeans) and all other crops must be reported by July 15.
My FSA office can assist you more efficiently if you call ahead and have an appointment. We know your time is very valuable right now, so we will work with you the best we can to get your paperwork filed quickly and on time. If you don’t have an appointment to report your crops yet, I strongly suggest you call now and set one up.
If you need special accommodation due to a disability or handicap, please phone your FSA office and ask to speak to your county executive director. They will do everything within their authority to accommodate your special needs.
That’s all for now,