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USDA unveils streamlined crop reporting

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that 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.

This new process is part of the USDA’s acreage crop reporting streamlining initiative. 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.

“If you file your report at one location, the data that’s important to both FSA and RMA will be securely and electronically shared with the other location,” said FSA administrator Val Dolcini. “This will avoid redundant and duplicative reporting, and we expect this to save farmers and ranchers time.”

Accuracy in crop reporting is a key component for crop insurance, because an error in this information can affect premiums or claims, according to RMA administrator Brandon Willis.

“This is going to greatly improve efficiencies and reduce mistakes,” he said.

Since 2009, USDA has been working to streamline the crop reporting process for agricultural producers, who have expressed concerns with providing the same basic common information for multiple locations.

USDA representatives believe farmers and ranchers will experience a notable improvement in the coming weeks.