MISSOURI (KFVS) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture denied Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's request for an extension of crop acreage reporting period.
Gov. Nixon sent the letter of request on Tuesday, July 14 and the USDA denied it on July 15.
The governor then asked Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to file a lawsuit to block the USDA from enforcing its crop acreage reporting deadline, which for producers in northwest Missouri is Wednesday, July 15.
Each year, Missouri producers must submit acreage reports to Risk Management Agency. The RMA operates and manages the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, which provides insurance to American farmers.
Following heavy rainfall and flooding that delayed many farmers' ability to plant their crops, Gov. Nixon sent the letter to the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking for an extension.
Thousands of acres used for agriculture, especially along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, have been impacted by heavy rains and flooding.
As of Wednesday, an estimated 1.5 million acres of soybeans have not been planted and only about 40 percent of Missouri producers have reported their acreage to their county Farm Service Agency.
Gov. Nixon said allowing producers more time to accurately report their acreage to the RMA will ensure their crops are eligible for crop insurance policies in which they have already enrolled.
"The deadline for reporting is not realistic based on this year's conditions," said Missouri Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce. "The Missouri Department of Agriculture is advising producers to continue submitting their acreage reports while we pursue legal action to protect Missouri farmers."
The governor also extended the state of emergency he declared on June 18 until Aug. 14.
You can click here to see a copy of the governor's letter.