The USDA is reminding producers that the sign-up deadline to elect the new Average Crop Revenue Election program is August 14. ACRE was created in the 2008 Farm Bill, and offers a revenue-based alternative to the traditional Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program. Producers may elect to participate in ACRE even if they have already received an advance DCP payment for 2009.
Numerous resources are available to help producers make an informed decision. Farm Service Agency county office staff can answer many questions on program rules, application procedures and potential benefits. Experts at local land grant universities can assist with potential payment calculations. FSA has also launched an ACRE Web page, with educational information, including an electronic program payment calculator, located at www.fsa.usda.gov/dcp.
Commodities eligible for ACRE are wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, upland cotton, long grain rice, medium and short grain rice, peanuts, soybeans, sunflower seed, canola, flaxseed, safflower, mustard seed, rapeseed, sesame seed, crambe, dry peas, lentils, small chickpeas and large chickpeas. Once a farm is enrolled in ACRE, that farm must continue to be enrolled in ACRE through the 2012 crop year.