FAQ: What is ACRE?

Deck: Digging into the details of this new program for farms.

What is ACRE? Why is it important to prove my corn and soybean yields this fall?
Provided by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist.

The ACRE program—Average Crop Revenue Election--is part of the 2008 Farm Bill passed by Congress. ACRE is available for corn and soybeans. Farmers will be able to choose to receive traditional farm program payments under the Direct and Countercyclical Program or they can add ACRE.

You don’t have to decide which program to use now. FSA has yet to work out the entire procedure for ACRE. But actions you hopefully have taken during harvest can make it easier to gather the data you’ll need if you eventually choose ACRE.

Based on information USDA has released, USDA’s Farm Service Agency will likely require farmers to provide verifiable and quantifiable yield data for five years of yield history by USDA farm number for program crops to participate in ACRE.

Preserving yield data by farm number this fall will help you get the documentation needed to make a better decision about participating in ACRE.

ACRE will cover the 2009 through 2012 crops. Once you choose to add ACRE to the Direct and Countercyclical Payments, the choice will apply to all subsequent years on that particular farm enrolled, but will end after the 2012 crop year—as the 2008 Farm Bill expires.

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 Bill, see ISU’s Ag Decision Maker site www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm. For clarification on farm program details contact your local FSA office.

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