Farm Service Agency announces important program updates
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[January 24, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- The U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency state executive
director, Scherrie Giamanco, has announced that the American
Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food,
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) for many
Commodity Credit Corp. commodity, disaster and conservation programs
through 2013. FSA administers these programs.
Among the extended programs are the Direct and Counter-Cyclical
Payment Program, known as DCP; the Average Crop Revenue Election
Program, known as ACRE; and the Milk Income Loss Contract
Program, known as MILC. The agency is preparing the following
FSA will begin sign-ups for DCP and ACRE for the 2013 crops
on Feb. 19. The DCP sign-up period will end on Aug. 2, and the
ACRE sign-up period will end on June 3.
The 2013 DCP and ACRE program provisions are unchanged from
2012, except that all eligible participants in 2013 may choose
to enroll in either DCP or ACRE for the 2013 crop year. This
means that eligible producers who were enrolled in ACRE in 2012
may elect to enroll in DCP in 2013 or may re-enroll in ACRE in
2013 (and vice versa).
All dairy producers' MILC contracts are
automatically extended to Sept. 30. Eligible producers therefore
do not need to re-enroll in MILC. Additional, more specific
details regarding certain modifications to MILC will be released
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FSA will provide producers with information on program requirements,
updates and signups as the information becomes available. Any
additional details will be posted on FSA's website.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Service Agency]