FSA extends deadline for prevented plant reporting

The U.S Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in Nebraska is extending the deadline for producers in the state to report their spring prevented plant crop acres to the agency.

FSA State Executive Director Nancy Johner announced Nebraska producers now have until July 15 to report to FSA acres they intended to plant to crops this spring but could not do so because of the difficult weather conditions. This new deadline coincides with the July 15, FSA acreage certification deadline that is already in place.

“In many areas of the state, flooding and persistent wet weather have made it challenging for producers to get into their fields for planting,” Johner said. “Producers need to report prevented plant acres to FSA to retain eligibility for FSA program benefits. This extension provides them some flexibility to meet that reporting requirement.”

Normally, the prevented plant reporting deadline is 15 calendar days after the final planting date for a crop as established by FSA and the Risk Management Agency. Johner said the prevented plant reporting deadline extension to July 15 applies to FSA programs only and does not change any crop insurance reporting deadline requirements.

This reporting extension also does not apply to crops that producers have covered through FSA’s Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. Producers should check with their county FSA office regarding prevented plant provisions for NAP-covered crops.

“This prevented plant reporting extension to July 15 will mainly apply to spring-planted crops such as corn, soybeans and grain sorghum,” Johner said.

Even though this deadline has been extended, producers are encouraged to communicate with their county FSA office as soon as possible regarding completion of both their spring crop acreage certification and their prevented plant acres reports. While walk-in traffic will be accommodated as much as possible, county FSA offices prefer scheduled appointments with producers to facilitate the flow of business through their doors and make the most efficient use of time for all parties. To find contact information for a county FSA office, producers should type offices.usda.gov in their internet browser.

NCGA ups pressure on EPA to follow president’s lead on ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association has begun airing an advertisement calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to follow President Trump’s commitment to farmers and stop giving Renewable Fuel Standard waivers to big oil companies. These waivers negatively impact farmers by undercutting the RFS and reducing corn demand, according to the association.

The ad features NCGA First Vice President and Iowa farmer Kevin Ross who recently appeared at an ethanol plant with President Trump in recognition of the administration’s support of year-round E15. During the event, Ross thanked the president for delivering on this promise but cautioned, “The EPA’s oil refinery waivers threaten to undo your good works.”

Since early 2018, EPA has granted 53 RFS small refinery exemptions or waivers, totaling 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuel. The 2017 RFS waivers effectively reduced the 15 billion-gallon implied ethanol volume to 13.18 billion gallons, rolling back the RFS to pre-2013 blending requirements. As a result of these waivers, ethanol consumption declined for the first time in 20 years and USDA’s most recent WASDE projects a 155 million bushel decline in corn going to ethanol production in the 2018/2019 marketing year.

There are currently 39 refinery exemption petitions pending for the 2018 compliance year. NCGA has highlighted 39 reasons why the EPA should not grant additional waivers.

In addition to its call on the EPA, NCGA is supporting legislation in the House, H.R. 3006, and Senate, S. 1840, that would seek to stop waiver abuse and address the harm these waivers are causing to the RFS and corn demand.

The advertisement will air into next week on Fox News affiliates.

Nebraska is the corn state

In Green Giant’s annual poll of Americans’ favorite vegetable, broccoli has won for the second year in a row, with even greater results than in 2018.

Thirty-nine states choose broccoli as their favorite vegetable in the poll.

Corn was second with seven states. Along with Nebraska, Wisconsin, Indiana, West Virgina, South Carolina, Louisiana and Maine choose corn as their favorite vegetable.

Nevada and North Dakota picked carrots, while Montana was a cauliflower state and Arkansas was a potato state.

More than 5,000 consumers, from age 13 to 73, took the frozen/canned vegetables company’s survey, and broccoli placed first in 39 states. The results were released in connection with National Eat Your Vegetables Day, June 17.

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