USDA unveils new improvement to streamline crop reporting

Published 3:29 pm Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office and the information will be electronically shared with the other location, according to a recent FSA press release.

This will avoid redundant and duplicative reporting, saving farmers time, the release stated.

This new process is part of the USDA Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI).

This interagency collaboration also includes participating private crop insurance agents and insurance companies, all working to streamline the information collected from farmers and ranchers who participate in USDA programs.

“Accuracy in crop reporting is a key component for crop insurance, because an error in this information can affect premiums or claims. This is going to greatly improve efficiencies and reduce mistakes,” the release stated.

Farmers and ranchers are reminded that they can now access their FSA farm information from the convenience of their home computer.

To enroll in the online service or for more information, producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office for details.