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Sign-up for Direct Payment and ACRE Programs Ends June 1
USAgNet - 05/24/2010

Growers not yet signed up for the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) or the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program should plan to do so before June 1, the sign-up deadline.

USDA said this week that more than 75 percent of an expected 1.7 million farms have already enrolled in the program, but time for signing up is quickly coming to a close. Numerous resources are available to help producers make informed decisions on program enrollment. Farm Service Agency county office staff can answer many questions on program rules, application procedures and possible benefits. FSA also has launched an ACRE Web page with educational information, including an electronic program payment calculator, located at www.fsa.usda.gov/dcp.

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) offers an ACRE calculator that has been updated as of early April, accessible at http://www.fapri.missouri.edu/farmers_corner/tools/acre.asp.

ACRE calculators and decision tools can also be found on some land grant university websites. Producers may complete and sign 2010 ACRE election forms and DCP and ACRE contracts at any USDA Service Center or they can enroll on the USDA website.

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