Glenn Schafer, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director, reminds producers that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) for many Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) commodity, disaster, and conservation programs through 2013. FSA administers these programs.
The extended programs include, among others: the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program (DCP) and Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE). FSA will begin sign-ups for DCP and ACRE for the 2013 crops on February 19, 2013. The DCP sign-up period will end on August 2, 2013; the ACRE sign-up period will end on June 3, 2013.
The 2013 DCP and ACRE program provisions are unchanged from 2012, except that all eligible participants in 2013 may choose to enroll in either DCP or ACRE for the 2013 crop year. This means that eligible producers who were enrolled in ACRE in 2012 may elect to enroll in DCP in 2013 or may re-enroll in ACRE in 2013 (and vice versa).
FSA will provide producers with information on program requirements, updates and sign-ups as the information becomes available. Any additional details will be posted on FSA's website.
For more information about the programs administered by FSA, visit any FSA county office or www.fsa.usda.gov.