Don Hunton, Acting Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Indiana recently reminded producers of the importance of timely electing and enrolling in the new Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program or the traditional Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP).
It is critical for producers to begin the enrollment process as soon as possible.
The deadline to enroll in either program is Aug. 14, 2009.
"The Average Crop Revenue Election program is an innovative alternative to the traditional farm safety net," Hunton said. "With this new program also comes a complex signup process. It is important producers contact their local office to set up appointments well before the Aug. 14, 2009, deadline."
Late-filed applications for ACRE or DCP will not be accepted. ACRE elections on the CCC-509ACRE will not be approved until all producers, including owners, on a farm have signed the CCC-509ACRE for election and the CCC-509 for enrollment into the program.
For crop year 2009, a CCC-509ACRE and CCC-509 not having all requisite signatures of producers on a farm by the election/enrollment deadline of Aug. 14, 2009, will not be considered submitted for the purpose of election/enrollment and will not be acted on or approved.
If producers do not elect ACRE, they have the option of completing the CCC-509 contract for enrollment into the DCP program by the same date.
Both programs require all signatures by obtained by the deadline.
"In all cases, it is the responsibility of the operator and owners of a farm to obtain and submit all necessary signatures on the CCC-509ACRE election form and the CCC-509 for ACRE or DCP program enrollment by the Aug. 14, 2009, deadline," Hunton said.
To elect ACRE for a farm, producers must complete FORM CCC-509ACRE, which irrevocably elects ACRE for the farm through crop year 2012.
Form CCC-509, the contract to participate in ACRE, must then be completed year the producer intends to participate and receive benefits.
For more information about the ACRE program, visit the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office or log on to www.fsa.usda.gov.