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USDA issues reminder for DCP, ACRE programs

Friday, January 20, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- USDA Indiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Julia A. Wickard recently issued a reminder to producers that signup to enroll in the 2012 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) or Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program begins Monday and concludes June 1, 2012.

"It is critical for producers to begin the enrollment process as soon as possible," Wickard said. "The 2012 signup period is a shorter timeframe than in previous years. (More than) 100,000 Indiana farms were enrolled in the DCP and ACRE programs during 2011.

"I encourage Indiana producers to contact their local offices and set up an appointment for 2012 DCP and ACRE enrollment as soon as possible to avoid missing the June 1 deadline. FSA understands that spring is around the corner and we don't want our Hoosier farmers to miss this important deadline."

Producers who choose to participate in either the revenue-based ACRE safety net or the price-based DCP safety net must enroll their farms each year.

All owners and operators who will share the DCP or ACRE payments on the farm must sign the DCP/ACRE contact (CCC-509) by June 1, 2012.

All producers with an interest in base acres must be identified on the DCP/ACRE contract and receive a proportionate share of the DCP/ACRE direct payment for the farm.

Producers with an interest in ACRE commodities must be enrolled on the ACRE contact in order to be eligible for potential ACRE revenue payments.

For 2012, the farm bill authorizes an increase in the payment acres from 83.3 percent to 85 percent of the base acres.

Advance direct payments are not authorized for 2012.

For more information about the DCP or ACRE programs, log on to http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

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