The Lee/Itawamba County FSA office is accepting nomination forms for the 2019 FSA County Committee election.

Ross Loftin, county executive director, encourages participation in the election by eligible voters taking the opportunity to nominate an active farmer or rancher in their area to be a candidate on this year’s ballot. This year’s election is being conducted in local administrative areas three and four which include the area west and east of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway respectively in Itawamba County. County FSA committees are farmer-elected individuals who serve three-year terms representing the agricultural interests of farmers and landowners in the administration of Federal farm programs in their areas. Nominating petition forms may be picked up from the local FSA office in Tupelo or by calling the office at (662) 680-9991 ext 2. Nomination forms must be returned to the FSA office by Aug. 1.

Crop acreage reports

Farmers have no more than 15 days following a crop’s ending planting date to report any acreage as prevented planted. If farmers are prevented from planting a crop due to natural disaster such as excessive rainfall, they may file for prevented planted credit with the FSA office if form CCC-576 is completed within 15 days following the ending planting date. Included with form CCC-576, the producer must provide documentation of intent to plant. Documentation may include land preparation, seed and/or chemical purchases, commodity contracts, etc

The ending planting dates for crops of interest in this area are: Corn – May 10 for Lee, Itawamba, Pontotoc and counties north of these counties; Grain Sorghum – May 15; Cotton – May 25; Peanuts – May 31; Soybeans – June 15; Sweet Potatoes – June 30th; and Double-Cropped Soybeans – June 25t.

In addition, producers with failed crops due to natural disaster may file a report of loss on form CCC-576 within 15 days of when the disaster occurs or when the loss becomes apparent.

FSA has also announced recently the opportunity for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants to re-enroll certain contracts that are expiring Sept. 30, 2019. In addition, landowners have an opportunity to offer new acreage in CRP under the continuous signup period which began June 3 and will continue through Aug. 23. CRP participants with general CRP contracts expiring September 30, 2019 have an opportunity to extend the contract for one year. A general CRP signup is expected to take place in December 2019 to allow more options for land in the general CRP category.

Details on these and other programs and services offered by FSA are available by contacting your local FSA office in Tupelo or in your local county.

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