Programs Submission Response: FSA-578C Enhancements

ISSUE #1:
Limited reports available to determine FSA-578C Continuous Certification enrollment.

FACTS:
Each farm must be accessed individually to determine if enrollment exists OR select Report of Farms with Active Continuous Certification, which lists all farms in the county.

SOLUTIONS:
Add an additional status to indicate continuous certification on the reporting screen: “Fully Certified/Fully Reported/Enrolled Continuous” and/or if possible add an additional report similar to a Producer Print Report which lists farms by producer name that are enrolled in continuous certification.

NATIONAL OFFICE RESPONSE:
I believe adding an additional status of “Enrolled Continuous” to the Crop Acreage Reports screen will be confusing to the user as the current the statuses “Fully Certified/Fully Reported” displayed on the Crop Acreage Reports screen are specific to the farm being reported while continuous certification is specific to the producer who made the election. We will review the request for an additional report  to list all farms enrolled in continuous certification by producer and will make a determination for inclusion based level of effort, priority, and budget.

ISSUE #2:
FSA-578C prefills all items except producer signature and title. In order to print the form, it is automatically marked as enrolled.

FACTS:
Automatically enrolling the farm by the date the form was printed is not necessarily the date the producer may have signed the certification.

SOLUTIONS:
There should be an option available to print the FSA-578C and later access the form to load a signature date for enrollment, similar to being able to access FSA-578 at a later date and enter a certification signature date. This is necessary when documents are mailed for signature, hand carried for signature, etc.

NATIONAL OFFICE RESPONSE:
This software modification has been implemented and is currently available.