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Farmers can enroll in ACRE program

April 14, 2009

Colleen Cashell, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County, has announced that producers can elect and enroll in the Average Crop Revenue Election program beginning April 27. ACRE is a provision of the 2008 Farm Bill.

The ACRE program was created in the 2008 Farm Bill to give producers an option in lieu of traditional counter-cyclical payments.

Producers may elect and enroll in ACRE for the 2009 crop year even if they have already accepted advance direct payments under the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program.

Producers have until Aug. 14 to make their decision for the 2009 crop. USDA will not accept any late-filed applications.

Producers who elect the ACRE program for a farm agree to:

o Forgo counter-cyclical payments;

o Accept a 20-percent reduction of the direct payments; and

o Accept a 30-percent reduction in loan rates for farm stored loans on all commodities produced on the farm

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Commodities eligible for ACRE payments include wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats and soybeans.

To elect ACRE for a farm, producers must complete Form CCC-509 ACRE, which irrevocably elects ACRE for the farm through crop year 2012.

Form CCC-509, the contract to participate in ACRE, must then be completed each year the producer intends to participate and receive benefits.

For more information, visit the local FSA county office at 1260 Maryland Ave., Suite 107 in Hagerstown or go to www.fsa.usda.gov.

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