FARMERS REMINDED TO UTILIZE 2013 CROP PROGRAM EXTENSIONS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to utilize commodity, disaster and conservation programs extended by the reauthorization of the 2008 farm bill.
Extended programs include the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program (DCP); the Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE); and the Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC).
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said this opportunity affords farmers a sense of security when planning this year’s crops.
“It is vitally important our farmers know Congress and the administration intend to keep the commitment made with the one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill,” Lucas said. “Looking ahead, it is equally important that our farmers and ranchers be able to plan for the long term. My goal remains to [complete a five-year comprehensive farm bill] and ensure our investment in American agriculture.”
Regarding 2013 crops, FSA will begin sign-ups for DCP and ACRE Feb. 19. The DCP sign-up period ends Aug. 2, and the ACRE sign-up period ends June 3. Eligible participants may choose which program to enroll in, as selections are not based on the previous year.
All dairy producers’ MILC contracts are automatically extended to Sept. 30. Eligible producers do not need to re-enroll.
For more information, visit a county FSA office or www.fsa.usda.gov.