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2012 Farm Program Sign-up

Written by: Kent Thiesse

Eligible farm operators and land owners have until June 1, 2012, to enroll in the 2012 DCP farm program at County Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices, including the ACRE program for 2012. As of early May, only about half of the producers were enrolled in the 2012 DCP farm program in many counties. Producers must enroll in the 2012 DCP farm program in order to receive direct payments for 2012 on eligible crop base acres, as well as other program benefits.


Producers that previously enrolled in the ACRE for the 2009, 2010 or 2011 crop year will be enrolled in ACRE for 2012, provided that they sign-up for the 2012 DCP farm program at County FSA offices, and meet all other program criteria. Other producers can enroll in ACRE for 2012 when they sign-up for the 2012 DCP farm program, or at anytime until June 1, 2012. ACRE enrollment does require a signature from landlords on cash rental farm units, and results in a 20 percent reduction in direct payments for 2012. Producers are encouraged to analyze situations and scenarios that are more favorable for ACRE enrollment for 2012, as compared to continuing with the traditional DCP farm program. For more information on the ACRE program or 2012 DCP farm program sign-up, producers should contact their County FSA Office, or go to the USDA FSA web site at :


Even though the ACRE program has not paid out in 2009 and 2010 for corn and soybeans in Minnesota, and will likely not result in an ACRE payment in 2011, producers should not automatically “write-off” ACRE program enrollment for the 2012 crop year. If the 12-month national average prices (9-01-12 to 8-31-13) for the 2012 crop year drop below $4.20 per bushel for corn, or $10.35 per bushel for soybeans, the likelihood would increase to earn an ACRE payment on 2012 corn and soybeans. To receive copies of updated ACRE program information and a listing of Web Sites with good ACRE information, please contact Kent Thiesse via e-mail at :