INDIANAPOLIS -- USDA's Indiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Julia Wickard recently issued a reminder for producers that June 1, 2011, is the deadline for enrolling in the 2011 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) or Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program.
"It is critical for producers to begin the enrollment process as soon as possible," Wickard said. "Over 100,000 farms were enrolled in the CDP and ACRE Programs during 2010. To date, approximately 65 percent of Indiana's farms have been enrolled in the 2011 DCP and ACRE Programs. At the current rate of enrollment, it is possible that a significant number of farms eligible for 2011 will not be enrolled by the June 1 deadline.
"FSA understands that spring is here and planters are headed to the fields. We don't want our Hoosier farmers to miss this important deadline."
Signatures of all producers receiving a share in DCP or ACRE payments are required by the June 1 deadline. It is important producers contact their local office to set up appointments well before the deadline.
For more information about the DCP or ACRE Programs, visit the local FSA county office or log on to www.fsa.usda.gov.