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ACRE Program deadline looming

Thursday, July 8, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) of Indiana Executive Director Julia A. Wickard recently reminded Indiana producers who enrolled in the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) in 2009 that they are required to submit their annual production and establish benchmark yields for 2009 planted covered commodities by July 15.

In Indiana, covered commodities include corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, barley and grain sorghum.

"The deadline to certify yields for the 2009 ACRE Program is quickly approaching," Wickard said. "Producers who enrolled in ACRE during the 2009 crop year are encouraged to accurately report their 2009 production and production for 2004-08 to establish benchmark yields. Accurate reports of production are essential and become the primary component of the ACRE Farm Trigger that is used to determine payment eligibility for the ACRE Program.

"Producers who have not yet established 2009 actual yields or benchmark yields are encouraged to contact their local FSA office for assistance to ensure they meet the July 15 deadline. Failure to meet this deadline will result in the producer being in violation of the ACRE contract on the applicable farms and all direct payments will be required to be refunded."

ACRE participants have the option of accepting the county average farm yields or certify actual yields for each of the years 2004-08 to establish benchmark yields for planted covered commodities.

In addition, 2009 ACRE enrolled farms are required to report actual 2009 production for each planted covered commodity. Participants are encouraged to contact their local FSA office if they have any questions.

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