USDA Farm Service Agency reminds producers to report crop losses
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[July 06, 2012]
-- The USDA Farm Service Agency reminds producers to report
crop losses resulting from a weather-related disaster event. This
includes crops covered by crop insurance, the Noninsured Crop
Disaster Assistance Program, known as NAP, and crops without
"Crop losses are acres that were timely planted with the intent
to harvest, but the crop failed and could not be harvested
because of a disaster-related condition," said Scherrie Giamanco,
FSA state executive director. "In order to meet FSA program
eligibility requirements, producers must report failed acreage
to their county FSA office before disposition of the crop.
Prevented planted acreage must be reported to their county FSA
office within 15 days of the final planting for the applicable
Producers who have NAP coverage will be required to
report crop losses within 15 days of the disaster occurrence or
when the loss first becomes apparent. The report is to be made
on an FSA Form CCC-576 -- "Notice of Loss and Application for
Payment Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program."
According to Giamanco, to prevent the potential loss of FSA
program benefits, it is important that producers file accurate
and timely reports before the crop is destroyed.
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Failed acreage reports allow the agency to maintain an accurate
record to report how many acres of each crop were destroyed or
damaged by a disaster event. This information is used to determine
county and state eligibility for programs like the Average Crop
Revenue Election program, as well as future federal farm programs as
legislated by Congress.
With questions regarding crop losses, contact your local county
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Service Agency]