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DCP And Acre Program Sign-Up For 2012

Written by: Kent Thiesse

USDA announced in earlier this Fall that sign-up for the 2012 DCP and ACRE programs at County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Offices will not start until January 23, 2012, and will continue through June 1, 2012. There is no scheduled advance direct payment for 2012, so the entire 2012 direct payment will be paid to producers after October 1, 2012. Producers that enrolled in the ACRE program in 2009, 2010 or 2011, or that opt for the ACRE program for 2012, will have their total direct payments reduced by 20 percent for 2012. Producers that have changes in owned and rented land for 2012 will need to have those adjustments made at the County FSA office prior to enrolling in the 2012 DCP program. Any changes in government farm programs resulting from a potential new Farm Bill most likely would not be implemented until the 2013 crop year.

Producers that enrolled farms in the ACRE program for 2009, 2010 or 2011 will automatically be eligible to enroll those farms enrolled in the ACRE for 2012. Additional farms may also be enrolled in ACRE for 2012. Rules and regulations for the ACRE program for 2012 will likely remain similar to previous years. The 5-year average State and farm-level yields will be updated to include 2011 crop yields, and the benchmark prices for 2012 will be based on the 2010 and 2011 average crop prices. Producers can decide enroll in the ACRE program for 2012 at County FSA Offices at any time up until June 1, 2012, even if they had previously enrolled in the 2012 DCP program. For more information on sign-up for the 2012 DCP or ACRE program, producers should contact their County FSA Office.