ST. PAUL, Minn. (4/27/2010) —Minnesota farmers have until June 1, 2010, to enroll in the Direct-Counter Cyclical Payment (DCP) and Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) programs, if not previously enrolled, according to University of Minnesota Extension experts.
In past enrollment periods, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) has allowed farmers a late-filed provision and Congress has allowed extensions for signup. That will not be the case this year, says Gary Hachfeld, Extension educator in agricultural business management.
Farmers who enrolled in ACRE in 2009 cannot withdraw those acres in 2010. However, farmers who have not enrolled in ACRE can do so under the signup period through June 1.
"What occurred in the 2009 ACRE program regarding payments is no indication of what might happen in the 2010 program," Hachfeld said. "Each year is an independent occurrence."
Farmers considering ACRE or any other 2008 Farm Bill program can seek assistance by visiting the University of Minnesota Extension or FSA websites. Extension's agricultural business management website, www.extension.umn.edu/AgBusinessManagement, features an ACRE calculator that can help with the decision to enroll or not enroll. Additional decision aide tools for farmers will be posted to the website as they are available.
The FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov also has an ACRE calculator along with additional fact sheets on ACRE, DCP and other FSA programs.
Source: Gary A. Hachfeld, educator in agricultural business management, University of Minnesota Extension