FAQ: What production documentation do I need to prove my yields for ACRE?
Answer: Provided by William Edwards, Extension economist and Steve Johnson, Extension farm management specialist, Iowa State University.
Producers who enroll in ACRE will be asked to "certify" total bushels harvested for each year from 2004 through 2008 on the FSA farm unit being enrolled. At a later time, FSA may ask for production evidence to substantiate the certified values.
Acceptable documentation includes crop insurance records used to establish the actual production history (APH) yield on that FSA unit, as well as commercial receipts and settlement sheets, load summaries or other evidence of commercial sales. Records used to obtain USDA marketing loans or loan deficiency payments can be used, as well.
Crops fed to livestock or disposed of through other channels are more problematic, but can be handled in much the same way that they were in the 2003 farm bill enrollment. It is important that production that was commingled from several FSA units be disaggregated to each farm unit.
For more information about ACRE, DCP and other programs, visit your local USDA Service Center or your FSA county office. You can also get information on-line at www.fsa.usda.gov.
If you have a question you'd like answered regarding the new USDA farm program, please send it to [email protected]. We will pass it on to the ISU Extension specialists or to the program specialists at USDA's Farm Service Agency office in Des Moines and they will send you the answer.
For more information and analysis of the new farm program, see ISU's Ag Decision Maker site www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm. For clarification on farm program details contact your local FSA office.