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USDA sets up enrollment for programs

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Julia Wickard, Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Indiana recently announced enrollment for the 2010 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program has started and will continue through June 1, 2010.

"We at FSA urge producers to make use of the eDCP automated website to sign up," Wickard said. "The electronic service saves producers' time, reduces paperwork and speeds up contract processing at their local FSA offices.

"USDA's new revenue-based ACRE program produced approximately 10,000 farms enrolled in fiscal year 2009 and 105,000 farms enrolled in the traditional DCP Program. Our county office employees stand ready to assist Indiana farmers during this signup period."

Wickard adds eDCP is available to all producers who are eligible to participate in the DCP and ACRE Programs and can be accessed at www.fsa.usda.gov/dcp.

To access the service, producers must have an active USDA eAuthenticaion Level 2 account, which requires filling out an online registration form at www.eauth.egov.usda.gov, followed by a visit to the local USDA Service Center for identity verification.

For those without Internet access or if they prefer, producers can also visit any USDA Service Center to complete their 2010 DCP or ACRE contract.

USDA computes DCP Program payments using base acres and payment yields established for each farm. Eligible producers receive direct payments at rates established by statute regardless of market prices. For 2010, eligible producers may request to receive advance direct payments based on 22 percent of the direct payment. USDA will issue advance direct payments beginning Dec. 1, 2009.

Counter-cyclical payment rates vary depending on market prices. Counter-cyclical payments are issued only when the effective price for a commodity is below its target price. The effective price is the higher of the national average market price received during the 12-month marketing year for each covered commodity and the national average loan rate for a marketing assistance loan for the covered commodity.

The optional ACRE Program provides a safety net based on state revenue losses and acts in place of the price-based safety net of counter-cyclical payments under DCP. A farm's payment is based on a revenue guarantee calculated using a five-year average state yield and the most recent two-year national price for each eligible commodity.

For the 2010 crop, the two-year price average will be cased on the 2008 and 2009 crop years.

An ACRE payment is issued when both the state and the farm have incurred a revenue loss. The payment is based on 83.3 percent (85 percent in 2012) of the farm's planted acres times the difference between the State ACRE guarantee and the state revenue times the ratio of the farm's yield divided by the state expected yield.

The total number of planted acres for which a producer may receive ACRE payments may not exceed the total base on the farm.

In exchange for participating in ACRE, in addition to not receiving counter-cyclical payments, a farm's direct payment is reduced by 20 percent and marketing assistance loan rates are reduced by 30 percent.

The decision to enroll in the ACRE Program is irrevocable. The owner of the farm and all producers on the farm must agree to enroll in ACRE. Once enrolled, the farm shall be enrolled for that initial crop year and will remain in ACRE through the 2012 crop year.

The June 1, 2010, deadline is mandatory for all participants. USDA will not accept late-filed applications.

For more information on DCP or ACRE, visit the FSA county office or log on to www.fsa.usda.gov.

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