Christy Collins, the Belmont/Monroe County Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director, would like to announce that FSA and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) have established common acreage reporting dates for producers participating in FSA and RMA programs. For Belmont/Monroe County producers, this means the number of acreage reporting dates will decrease from five to four, said Collins.

Beginning with crop year 2013 December 15 will be the acreage reporting date for fall barley, fall wheat, and any other fall-seeded small grains. January 15 will be the acreage reporting date for apples and grapes.

These common dates between FSA and RMA will reduce some of the reporting burden on producers and allow USDA agencies to share similar data. This change does not reduce or modify the programs or services that RMA or FSA provides, but will enable most crop insurance agents and FSA County office staff to collect information in a more uniform and efficient manner, stated Collins.

For more information on the common acreage reporting dates, please contact the Belmont/Monroe FSA County office. The phone number is 740-425-2300, option 2 or toll free from the 740 area code at 1-800-818-7645, option 2. The office is located at 1119 E Main St., Ste 1, Barnesville, OH 43713.