June 3, 2010

Genealogy DNA Project Helps Family Tree Builders Trace Roots Back to Northeast Missouri

Thanks to the Missouri Genealogy FARRIS Y-DNA project one family tree with local roots has grown.

Two young boys orphaned at the age of two years and just 2 weeks old, in 1877 started a chain of events that is just now being unraveled.

Lucinda Ellen (Harryman) Harriman-Crandall Farris (original family from the Sand Hill area) who was married to George Farris in or near Saline County Missouri left four boys with no parents. Lucinda had two boys from her marriage to George Crandall; Thomas and Ewing Crandall, who were sent to live with the (Harryman) Harriman family when she married George. Sometime in late 1876 but before February 1877 George wandered away from the home he and Lucinda shared and was never seen again. The two sons; George Washington and Samuel Sterling (Smoot) Farris were, after Lucindas death sent to live with the (Harryman) Harriman family as had Lucindas first two sons.

Now it gets complicated, said Rita Palomo, one of the family members that was instrumental in discovering the local ties. George Washington Farris was my grandfather and married to Pearl Jane Silvers Farris with three sons (Neale, Sterling and George) one of them my father.

But the trail went cold for the family history researchers. Smoot vanished and behind him were very few family stories or information. The researchers knew that Smoot married Elizabeth Minnie Lewis and the couple had four sons; Ross, Cheever, Vess and Cyril. Minnie and Vess died in Baring, Missouri from a typhoid outbreak in 1904 and are buried at the Bible Grove Christian Church Cemetery. Some time before the two deaths in 1904 Smoot too had disappeared from Baring, Missouri and Knox County and never returned similarly to his father. The three remaining boys were taken by Minnies mother Lydia Johnson Lewis to live in Minnesota. Within a couple of years Lydia had taken all three boys to an orphanage where they were independently adopted by other Minnesota.

I have spent the better portion of the last twenty years searching for clues to where my great-grandfather came from and where we went, said Palomo. I had no idea that across the U.S. someone else was doing the same thing for the same reason.

In 2007, Palomo said she stumbled onto the FARRIS Y-DNA Project on the Missouri Genealogy web page. In the process she found a second cousin to provide a DNA sample.

One year later, I received a letter from the Y-DNA Project Manager, John Farris letting me know that I had been matched to another DNA sample and 45 of 46 markers making this person immediate family, she said.

The two began to correspond in 2008 and finally on April 21, 2010 the with the same great-grandfather, met for the first time.

On April 28, 2010, at Keiths Caf in Memphis, Missouri Palomo and her four sisters gathered to spend time with their newly discovered cousin, the grandson of Smoot Farris, one of the missing links in Palomo genealogy research.

The sisters Carolyn (St.Charles, MO), Rosalyn (Elsberry, MO), Sara (Downing, MO), Rita (Grand Cayman) and Marilyn Farris (Springhill, KS); are the daughters of Neale Nicholas and Bernice June Norton Farris. They are grandchildren of George Washington and Pearl Jane Silvers Farris formerly of Rutledge, Missouri and great-grandchildren of George and Lucinda Ellen Harriman Crandall Farris.

There cousins are Don and Beth Ann Farris (Sonoma, CA), son of Ross and Ruth Golden Smith Farris. Don is the grandson of Samuel Sterling (Smoot) and Elizabeth Minnie Lewis Farris of Baring, Missouri Knox County and the great-grandson of George and Lucinda Ellen Harriman Crandall Farris.

Joining the sisters in welcoming Don and Beth Ann to the family were Gene Farris (Kirksville, MO), son of Sterling Eugene and Eva Neese Farris, grandson of George Washington and Pearl Jane Silvers Farris and great-grandson of George and Lucinda Ellen Harriman Crandall Farris and his grandson as well as the son and daughter of his brother Carl William Farris (Kirksville, MO), both men from Kirksville, Missouri. At Keiths Caf on April 28, they were also joined by Jewel Norton Brown, the girls mothers sister.

We shared family time at the home of Royce and Sara Farris Jeffries in Downing, visited Bible Grove, Memphis, Rutledge, Baring and surrounding areas tracing the places our ancestors lived and died, Palomo reported.

The bulk of the family tree history reported in this article was tied together from the sharing done during the week-long visit of the sisters and their new found cousins.

The family is still searching for more genealogy information in Scotland, Schuyler, Adair, Knox, Howard and Saline Counties in Missouri and hopes that some of the other Farris families in these counties will submit to the DNA project and help further tie together the family tree.

Notice of Letters Testamentary Granted


Judge or Division:


Case Number: 19SE-PR00019

In the Estate of JASON GARY SEE, Deceased.

Notice of Letters Testamentary Granted

(Supervised Administration)

To All Persons Interested in the Estate of JASON GARY SEE, Decedent:

On July 12, 2019, the last will of the decedent having been admitted to probate, the following individual was appointed personal representative of the estate of JASON GARY SEE, decedent by the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Scotland County, Missouri. The name, business address, and phone number of the personal representative is:


The personal representative’s attorney’s name, business address and phone number is:

ANDREW FARWELL, The Farwell Law Firm, LLC, 715 North Baltimore, Kirksville, MO 63501

All creditors of said decedent are notified to file claims in court within six months from the date of the first publication of this notice or if a copy of this notice was mailed to, or served upon, such creditor by the personal representative, then within two months from the date it was mailed or served, whichever is later, or be forever barred to the fullest extent permissible by law. Such six-month period and such two-month period do not extend the limitation period that would bar claims one year after the decedent’s death, as provided in Section 473.444, RSMo, or any other applicable limitation periods. Nothing in Section 473.033, RSMo, shall be construed to bar any action against a decedent’s liability insurance carrier through a defendant ad litem pursuant to Section 537.021, RSMo.

Date of the decedent’s death: March 7, 2019

Date of first publication: July 18, 2019

Anita Watkins, Scotland County Circuit Clerk

by Shelley Small, Deputy Clerk

Receipt of this notice by mail should not be construed by the recipient to indicate that the recipient necessarily has a beneficial interest in the estate. The nature and extent of any person’s interest, if any, can be determined from the files and records of this estate in the Probate Division of the above referenced Circuit Court.

Public and Private School Consultation Meeting

The Scotland County R-I School District will hold a meeting on Monday, July 31, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in the Elementary Art Room. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct a meaningful consultation between public school district personnel and representatives of private schools in the Scotland County R-I School District. Required consultation shall include meetings of public school district personnel and private school officials and must take place before the public school district can receive a substantial approval date for approval for Federal Programming. During this meeting private schools may decline participation in Federal Programming or complete a planning document for services of children attending private schools. For more information please contact Erin Tallman at (660) 465-8532.

Recent Arrivals at Scotland County Memorial Library

Adult Fiction

Time After Time, by Lisa Grunwald

The Perfect Plan, by Bryan Reardon

The Summer of Sunshine & Margot, by Susan Mallery

Their Little Secret, by Mark Billingham

Wherever You Go, by Tracie Peterson

Sisters of Summer’s End, by Lori Foster

Summer on Mirror Lake, by JoAnn Ross

One Small Sacrifice, Hilary Davidson

Lost and Found, by Danielle Steel

Evvie Drake Starts Over, by Linda Holmes

Paranoid, by Lisa Jackson

Where Dandelions Bloom, by Tara Johnson

The Lemon Sisters, by Jill Shalvis

The Bookshop on the Shore, by Jenny Colgan

Summer of ’69, by Elin Hilderbrand

Big Sky, by Kate Atkinson

The Gifted School, by Bruce W. Holsinger

Surfside Sisters, by Nancy Thayer

Girls Like Us, by Cristina Alger

Lock Every Door, by Riley Sager

Unleashed, by Diana Palmer

The Gone Dead, by Chanelle Benz

Searching for You, by Jody Hedlund

Slightly South of Simple, by Kristy Woodson Harvey

The Secret to Southern Charm, by Kristy Woodson Harvey

The Southern Side of Paradise, by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Conviction, by Denise Mina

Under Currents, by Nora Roberts

Skin Game, by Stuart Woods

Dear Wife, by Kimberly Belle

Bayou Born, by Hailey Edwards

Rules for Visiting, by Jessica Francis Kane

Someone to Honor, by Mary Balogh

Bite Club, by Laurien Berenson

Heart of Barkness, by Spencer Quinn

Library hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 9-5:30, Tues & Thurs. 9-7, Saturday 9-1

Please call 465-7042 if you wish to reserve any of these titles.

Extension to Offer Management Intensive Grazing School

A Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) School is scheduled for August 22-23, 2019 at the Greenley Research Center, Novelty, MO. The two-day school will provide opportunities for in-depth discussions and field exercises covering both agronomic and livestock topics related to grazing and livestock production on pastures.  

Topics include pasture species selection and management, fencing and watering systems, animal health on pasture, animal nutrition, pasture improvement techniques, and economics of pasturing systems. All participants will receive reference materials on grazing management specific to the Midwest. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to network with others using MIG as well as University of Missouri and USDA-NRCS experts in grazing.  

Producers implementing a MIG system have reported large increases in available forage as well as increased stocking rates for their pastures. NRCS provides money through the EQIP program that allows producers to efficiently implement MIG systems. Money can be used for fencing, water development, planting of desired forages and fertility.

There is a fee for the class that includes materials on grazing management specific to the Midwest plus lunch and refreshments both days. For more information or a registration form go to http://extension.missouri.edu/adair or contact the Adair County MU Extension Center, 660-665-9866. Register by August 5th.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, July 18 – Chicken Salad Sandwich, potato Chips, Lettuce Salad, Lima Beans, Pineapple, Donut

Friday, July 19 – BBQ Ribs, Parsley Potatoes, 3 Bean Salad, Hot Roll, Blackberry Cobbler

Monday, July 22 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Cauliflower Blend Vegetables, Mandarin Oranges, Cake

Tuesday, July 23 – Meatloaf, Mixed Vegetables, Cauliflower/Cheese Sauce, Bread, Peach Crisp

Wed., July 24 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Marinated Carrots, Hot Roll, Jell-O and Fruit

Thursday, July 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Bread, Ice Cream

Friday, July 26 – Fish Fillet, Macaroni Salad, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Strawberry Shortcake


Wednesday, July 17 – Board and Business Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 18 – Scotland County Health Department blood pressure checks here today, Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Treatment of Immigrants

Thank you Stan, for telling us how you feel about our current and proposed treatment of immigrants coming to America. I too am appalled that a country made up almost entirely of immigrants is allowing such actions. I say “our treatment” because, in this country, our silence is us agreeing with the actions of our current government.

Does “We are all created equal” end at our border? I think not. In my opinion, a representation system that most agree is crooked was allowed to shoehorn this president into power. A majority of us voted against Mr. Trump for president. This same majority I feel agrees with me on immigration. Enough ‘no’s can ease our border tension and, who knows, maybe even work on the reasons people feel the need to leave their homeland. We don’t have to wait for an election year. We can make this happen now with contacts to our representatives. 

Mr. Trump does not need to complete his four years. His phrase “make America great again” is a flippant manipulation of words by a man whose main strength comes through his flippant manipulation of words. At the very least, shouldn’t our president have respect for the entire human race? America has been and continues to be great; not by the person in the oval office, but by the ideals and values of its immigrants. The president, I feel, should be trying to implement the needs and values of the majority that voted for him/her, not a “good old boys” club with a hidden agenda that slipped him in between the cracks. The popular vote alone should decide who will be elected. 

If this stirred you, contact me. I’m in the phone book.

J. P. Friendshuh

Reckless Comparisons of the Border Crisis to Concentration Camps and the Holocaust Are Unfortunate — And Dangerous

By Robert Romano

Faced with an unprecedented surge in illegal immigration at the southern border — more than 350,000 people were apprehended between March and May entering the country illegally or seeking asylum, more than double the normal rate, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol — there has been a rash of reckless and unfortunate comparisons made to Nazi Germany, concentration camps and the mass murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust and another 13 million Poles, Russians, Ukrainians and others.

Taking to Twitter, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on June 18 declared, “This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying. This is not hyperbole. It is the conclusion of expert analysis…”

Ocasio-Cortez linked to a report from Esquire by Jack Holmes, “An Expert on Concentration Camps Says That’s Exactly What the U.S. Is Running at the Border” that quoted author Andrea Pitzer stating, “We have what I would call a concentration camp system, and the definition of that in my book is, mass detention of civilians without trial.”

The systematic killing of the Holocaust was no singular event. It included the detention of civilians and prisoners of war in a network of more than 42,000 camps where death and murder were commonplace. Millions died. Any comparison is bound to draw harsh criticism.

In the Jerusalem Post, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach writes, “AOC’s trivialization of Hitler’s camps, where 1.5 million Jewish children were gassed to death, should sicken the heart of every person of conscience. If we don’t confront and defeat growing Holocaust denial, we may soon confront a reality where young Americans more quickly associate the term ‘concentration camp’ with Texas and Arizona than the killing fields of Europe — and come to see Auschwitz as just another place where some bad things happened.”

Other irresponsible headlines include Jacobin’s “The Border Patrol Is the American SS,” foolishly comparing the U.S. Border Patrol to Nazi Germany’s notorious Einsatzgruppen. The SS included paramilitary death squads that were responsible for the mass murder of millions of Jews, Slavs and others often by mass shootings in addition to the millions more that were murdered in the death camps.

The ridiculous Nazi comparisons don’t end there. Screenwriter and director Joss Whedon on July 4 tweeted in response to the reports, “We have a racist, fascist president who’s using armed thugs in law enforcement & illegal militias to keep us cowed & hopeless & he’ll take the 2020 election by armed force & blatant, treasonous criminality & that’s us now, we’re the country with concentration camps so happy 4th.”

There are others, but these serve as prime examples of the mass hysteria we are seeing unfold in our mainstream political parlance. To summarize, per the radical left’s fantastic ravings: 1) detaining illegal immigrants at the border is the same as concentration camps that isolated political prisoners in Word War II and sent them to death camps in the Holocaust; 2) the Border Patrol apprehending illegal immigrants, heroin smugglers and human traffickers on the southern border is the same thing as paramilitary death squads roaming the countryside and murdering millions; and 3) the duly elected President Donald Trump is the same as Adolf Hitler who ordered the mass murder of millions.

So, let’s examine the facts.

The Esquire piece in turn noted that 24 people had died in custody since the beginning of 2017, citing an NBC report from June 9. 22 of those were in 2017 and 2018. But neither of those years were the worst on record, per NBC: “The number of in-custody deaths remains below the peak of 32 deaths in 2004, the first full calendar year records were kept.” So far, in 2019, two people have died in custody, despite a record year of apprehensions. None were murdered by Border Patrol agents.

The case most cited was the death of Roxana Hernandez, a Honduran. According to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) statement on May 25, 2018, Hernandez “entered ICE custody on May 13 at the San Luis Regional Detention Center (SLRDC) in San Luis, Ariz. Two days later, Hernandez was transferred to the El Paso Processing Center in El Paso, Texas, and on May 16 Hernandez arrived at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico. On May 17, Hernandez was admitted to Cibola General Hospital with symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and complications associated with HIV. Later in the day she was transferred via air ambulance to LMC, where she remained in the intensive care unit until her passing.  LMC medical staff pronounced her deceased May 25 at 3:32 a.m. (MDT), and identified the preliminary cause of death as cardiac arrest.”

A three-time illegal immigrant, Hernandez had been convicted of theft, lewd, immoral and indecent conduct, prostitution and illegal entry into the U.S. Her death, while tragic, is not akin to the Holocaust. She was not murdered, she passed away owing to her illnesses, despite receiving intensive care for a week prior to her passing.

All told, from the beginning of 2017 through May 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol have apprehended 1.41 million people entering the country illegally. Of that number, 24 died while in custody, a mortality rate of 0.0017 percent. Far more were ordered deported, about 452,000, having no legal basis for being here.

During the last three years of the Obama administration, 1.56 million were apprehended, about 276,000 were deported.  According to the NBC report, “Deaths rose and then fell during the Obama administration, from 10 in 2008 to five in 2012, a period in which ICE implemented policies to improve detention conditions and oversight. But deaths then ticked up to 12 in President Obama’s last full year in office, 2016, as the number of detainees grew.” For 2016, Obama’s last year in office, the mortality rate was 0.002 percent, slightly higher than present, using the same facilities that the Trump administration now depends on to care for those who were apprehended.

The truth is, most are ultimately released simply because there are not enough facilities to house the sheer number of people showing up.

When compared to federal and state prison populations, for example, in 2014 there were 3,927 deaths in federal and state prisons, which had a total population of 1.56 million that year, a rate of 0.25 percent. Nearly all the deaths were illness-related, suicides or drug and/or alcohol intoxication. Just 83 were determined to be homicides, or about 2 percent of the deaths. Those are not concentration camps, either.

In comparison, the Einsatzgruppen murdered more than 2 million people between 1941 and 1945, meaning more than 1,100 people were murdered every single day and more than 400,000 every year. That’s not counting the millions more who were sent to the gas chambers at the death camps.

The Virtual Jewish Library reports that “Only a small fraction of those imprisoned in Nazi camps survived. As many as 15-20 million people may have died in the various camps and ghettoes.”

So, while almost everybody died in German imprisonment in the concentration and death camps during World War II, with murder being the top cause ordered by Hitler and his regime, with starvation and disease being another, in comparison, more than 99 percent do not die in U.S. prisons or whilst in Border Patrol custody, and almost none of them are murdered. None were ordered to be murdered by President Trump or his administration.

Consider the sick and twisted cruelty of the Second World War, and then think about those risking their lives on the southern border to stop drug and human trafficking, sex slaves and other forms of barbarity. They’re comparing those tasked with preventing human cruelty with the most evil, despicable acts in human history.

In short, there simply is no comparison. It’s unbelievable and reckless to repeat this nonsense. Vice President Mike Pence on July 8 blasted the comparison at the Christians United For Israel summit in Washington, D.C., saying, “Last month, a leading Democrat in Congress actually compared our U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facilities to concentration camps. And her allies in Congress, the Left, and the media shamefully came to her defense. To compare the humane work of dedicated men and women of Customs and Border Protection with the horrors of the Holocaust is an outrage. The Nazis took lives. American law enforcement saves lives every day. This slander of law enforcement was an insult to the six million killed in the Holocaust. And it should be condemned by every American of every political party everywhere!”

Clearly, the journey through Central America and Mexico across the U.S. border is a dangerous trek, but it is not at all comparable to the magnitude, horror and evil of the Holocaust and World War II. The comparison on its face is rooted in ignorance, an idiotic trivialization of the mass murder that took place at the hands of Nazi Germany and other totalitarian regimes in history that have sought to exterminate entire civilian populations.

While the shame of making such comparisons can never stand in contrast to the horrors of the Holocaust, it is nonetheless disgraceful.

But more than that, it is a dangerous comparison, likely to provoke yet more political violence against Trump supporters and Republicans more broadly as we proceed into the 2020 election cycle. Increasingly, the comparisons made are to liken regular Americans to the perpetrators of the Holocaust, to see your neighbors as being Nazi stooges. Antifa, a radical extremist group that claims to be fighting modern-day fascists, organizes around this very basis.

Such an unwarranted demonization of people, civilians, as being akin to mass murderers is pure propaganda and scapegoating. U.S. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez should go to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and she will very quickly come to realize that the mass murder of the Holocaust was not contained to the death camps in Poland, it was widespread and deliberate killing including in the concentration camps, labor camps, POW camps and ghettoes. Saying that the same thing is occurring here in America is beyond the pale.

Robert Romano is the Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government.

Sudden Oak Death Confirmed in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Agriculture, in coordination with USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service, has detected ramorum blight on rhododendron plants shipped to some retail nurseries in Missouri. The disease is more commonly known as Sudden Oak Death when it infects oak trees. The rhododendrons were shipped to Wal-Mart and Rural King stores throughout Missouri, as well as the Springfield Home Depot, Stark Bros. Nursery Garden Center and Fort Leonard Wood PX.  

 Consumers who purchased rhododendrons or lilac plants of the known infected varieties labeled Park Hill Plants from these stores between March and June of this year should dispose of the plants immediately. Consumers who are unsure of their plant’s variety should look for wilting or browning leaves, leaf spots and twig dieback. If consumers notice these symptoms, they should contact the Department’s Plant Pest Control team at (573) 751-5505 and begin the disposal process.    

Varieties that have been infected should be disposed of immediately to prevent further spread of the disease. Plants may be destroyed by burning, deep burial or by double-bagging the plant with its root ball in heavy duty trash bags for disposal into a sanitary landfill (where allowable). Consumers should not mulch, compost or dispose of the plant material in municipal yard waste. Garden tools used to dig up any affected plants should also be sanitized before they are used again. 

Sudden Oak Death is a form of ramorum blight and is caused by a fungus-like pathogen known as Phytophthora ramorum. Since the 1990s, the plant disease has caused mortality in some types of oak trees in California and Oregon, but it has not established itself in the Midwest. The disease has a host list of more than 100 species of trees and shrubs, including rhododendrons. 

Since early June, the Department has worked alongside USDA-APHIS to visit more than 113 retail locations to collect samples and place potential host plants under quarantine. USDA-APHIS has worked with Wal-Mart to organize a voluntary recall of the impacted plants, while other locations have isolated or destroyed affected plants. Any remaining plants confirmed with ramorum blight, and any host species comingled with the confirmed positive plants, will be destroyed.

 Shipment of these rhododendrons has been successfully traced back to Park Hills Plants in Oklahoma and may have originated from nurseries in Washington State and Canada. Plant varieties identified during the investigation, which is still partially ongoing, were shipped to at least 18 states.      

Specific varieties of rhododendrons that have tested positive in destination states include:

Cat Cunningham Blush



Nova Zembla

Percy Wiseman

Roseum Elegans

Wojnars Purple.

Specific varieties of lilac that have tested positive in destination states include:

Common Purple

Persian Lime

To learn more about the Missouri Department of Agriculture or its programs, visit Agriculture.Mo.Gov.

Police Investigating Break-In at Gerth & Baskett Furniture

Construction workers doing renovations at the Gerth & Baskett Furniture Store on the west side of the Memphis square found something else that will need fixed when they arrived at the worksite Thursday morning and discovered a window in one of the store’s rear doors had been broken out.

The Memphis Police Department was summoned to the scene when it became apparent that access to the store had been gained through the damaged door.

It was determined that overnight someone had used a brick or cinder block to break out the door glass and reach in and open the lock to gain access to the store.

Investigators indicated that the suspect(s) entered through the south rear door into the furniture store near the mattress section. They then made their way to the store’s office area in the central section of the facility where the suspect(s) searched through various drawers and cabinets before apparently exiting via the same route.

Jeff Behrens of Gerth & Baskett stated that none of the stores records or files were damaged during the attempted burglary. He indicated a majority of the store’s records, as well as the limited amount of cash in the store were locked away in the safe.

Earlier in the week, a neighboring business had reported some vandalism at the front of their storefront on the west side of the square.

The Memphis Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area last week to contact the office at 660-465-2612.

UPDATE – The Memphis Police Department reported on Monday that the crime had been solved and a small group of juveniles had confessed to the crime and had agreed to make restitution for the property damage.

USDA Extends Deadline to Report Spring-Seeded Crops in Missouri

Producers in States Impacted by Floods and Heavy Moisture Must Report by July 22

July 10, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline to file crop acreage reports for agricultural producers in Missouri impacted by flooding and heavy moisture. The new July 22 deadline applies to reporting spring-seeded crops to USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices and federal crop insurance agents.

“Agriculture operations throughout the state have been hit hard by heavy rains and flooding that have affected their operations,” said Brent Hampy, FSA State Executive Director in Missouri. “The deadline extension provides more flexibility for producers who experienced planting and field work delays.”

Filing a timely crop acreage report is important to maintaining eligibility for USDA conservation, disaster assistance, safety net, crop insurance and farm loan programs. A crop acreage report documents all crops and their intended uses and is an important part of record-keeping for your farm or ranch.

Producers filing reports with FSA county offices are encouraged to set up an appointment before visiting the office. Acreage reports from producers in Missouri who set up appointments before the July 22 deadline are considered timely filed, even if the appointment occurs after the deadline.  

The following exceptions apply to acreage reporting:

If the crop has not been planted by the reporting date, the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.

If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchasing or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

“Even though the deadline has been extended, I encourage producers to contact their local FSA office today to schedule an appointment to report acreage,” Hampy said.

USDA is taking additional steps to help producers across the country, including:

Updating the haying and grazing date for producers who have planted cover crops on prevented plant acres;

Offering special sign-ups through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for assistance to plant cover crops; and

Extending the deadline to report prevented plant acres in certain places.

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