John Whitaker, state executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Iowa reminds farmers that June 1, 2012, is the deadline for enrolling in the 2012 version of the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program or DCP, the Average Crop Revenue Election or ACRE program and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program or SURE. This June 1 deadline is the deadline for all participants in these programs.
"It is critical for producers to begin and/or complete the enrollment process if they have not already done so," says Whitaker. "A significant number of farms in the state of Iowa are eligible for the 2012 DCP/ACRE programs and many of these farmers have not yet enrolled. These producers need to be aware of this deadline and need to contact their local FSA office now."
All signatures of farmers receiving a share in payments is required by June 1
All signatures of producers receiving a share in DCP/ACRE payments are required by the June 1, 2012, deadline. The election for ACRE for 2012 can be made any time before June 1, 2012. If a farm has an ACRE election from a prior year, the farm remains in the ACRE program this year. However, producers must still complete the annual enrollment process by the June 1 deadline.
Whitaker states, "It is important producers contact their local office to set up appointments well before this deadline to ensure all required signatures and documents have been obtained for DCP/ACRE, as well as for the SURE program."
The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program which provides benefits for farm revenue losses also has a June 1, 2012 deadline. Losses due to natural disasters that occurred during the 2010 crop year may be eligible for this sign up. SURE is available to eligible producers on:
- Farms in counties with USDA Secretarial disaster declarations, including contiguous counties, that have incurred crop production or quality losses of at least 10%, or both, and includes all crops grown by a producer nationwide, except grazed crops.
- Any farm in which, for the crop year, the actual production on the farm because of disaster-related conditions is 50% or less than normal production of the farm.
For more information about the DCP/ACRE programs please visit your local FSA county office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov.