U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia this week encouraged farmers and ranchers to enroll for the 2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program (DCP) or the Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE) before the deadline. The sign-up for both programs began Feb. 19. The deadline to sign up for ACRE is June 3. The DCP sign up period ends Aug. 2.
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).
For more information about the programs and loans administered by FSA, visit any FSA county office or www.fsa.usda.gov.