FSA sets final date for fall-seeded acreage certification, NAP coverage

A young child plays in a wheat field. The deadline to certify fall-seeded crops such as wheat with the Farm Service Agency is Dec. 15. 




The Ashley County Farm Service Agency has announced that the deadline to certify planted acreage for fall-seeded crops is Dec. 15. 

Fall-seeded crops include wheat and oats. Planting dates are required as part of the certification process.  Acreage under the Conservation Reserve Program should be reported for the farm at the time of certification. 

Regulations require that State FSA committee’s review normal double-cropping combinations in their respective states annually.  The Arkansas State FSA committee has determined that all Arkansas counties have a normal double-cropping practice of wheat/oats followed by soybeans.  

Producers requesting approval of other double-cropping situations must provide the Ashley County FSA Committee with verifiable and documentable proof that their specific crops have been successfully planted and harvested on the same acreage in the same crop year in at least two of the previous four crop years.  Additional information may be obtained by contacting your local FSA office.

Acreages should be reported timely to avoid any future fees for late filing should programs become available.  

If an acreage report is not filed by the appropriate date, a late fee of $30 for the farm fee, plus an additional $16 for the first hour will apply.  Each additional 30 minutes will result in an additional $8.

Prevented planted acres

Prevent planted acres should be reported when the crop acreage cannot be planted due to disaster-related conditions.  To be considered timely filed, prevented planted acres should be reported no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date established by Federal Crop Insurance. 

Nov. 30 was the final planting date in Ashley County for wheat and oats.  The final date to report prevented planted wheat and oats acres is Dec. 15.  Failed acres should be reported to the local FSA office prior to destruction of the crop.

For further information, producers should contact the Ashley County FSA office at 870-853-9881. 

NAP Coverage deadlines

The ACFSA has also announced the final dates for obtaining Noninsured Assistance Program coverage on certain crops for the 2022 crop year.

The final date to make an application for coverage on the following crops with an intended use of grazing and forage is Dec. 31:

4Mixed Forage-full season

4Common Bermuda


4Rye, Annual

4Coastal Bermuda

An application for coverage for Table Honey should also be submitted no later than Dec. 31.

Jan. 1 is the final date for an application for coverage on the following with an intended use of fresh:

4Spring and fall Cabbage 

4Green onions (Green)


4Spring and fall Potatoes 



Jan. 1 is also the final date for submitting an application for coverage for Native and Improved Pecans.

The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program provides financial assistance to eligible producers affected by natural disasters.  This federally funded program covers noninsurable crop losses and planting prevented by disasters.

The fee per crop is $325 per county, or $825 per producer per county, not to exceed a total of $1950 per producer for all counties.

When a crop or planting is affected by a natural disaster, planters must notify your local FSA office by completing a notice of loss within 15 calendar days of the natural disaster occurrence; or final planting date, if planting was prevented by a natural disaster; or date damage to the crop or loss of production becomes apparent to to the planter.

The natural disaster must have either reduced expected production of the crop by more than 50 percent or prevented growers from planting more than 35 percent of their intended acreage.  

Expected production is the amount of the crop produced in the absence of a natural disaster.  FSA compares expected production to the actual production to determine the percentage of the crop loss.  If the loss is more than 50 percent, the crop may be considered eligible for benefits.  Producers are required to report acreage if the crop is planted.

The 2018 Farm Bill authorized buy-coverage for all eligible NAP crops other than intended to be grazed. Producers may elect buy-up coverage ranging from 50 to 65 percent of production, in 5 percent increments, and 100 percent of the average market price.

A document has been made available that provides general information on the NAP process for producers filing a 2020 or later application.  The document  — CCC-471 NAP BP — may be accessed through FSA’s website at fsa.udsa.gov. The document is located under Disaster Assistance Programs and NAP Basic Provisions.    

To apply for coverage, producers must file an application for coverage and pay the applicable service fees at your local Ashley County FSA office.  The office is located at 310 N. Cherry St. in Hamburg.

Because of the complexity of the NAP program and other eligibility requirements that must be met, growers are encouraged to visit the FSA office.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodation to attend or participate in this meeting, function, or event, should contact Penni Douglas at 870-853-9881, or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, and Penni.Douglas@usda.gov at least seven days in advance of the desired service date.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC  20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

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