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Deadline approaching to apply for crop program

May 21, 2012

Colleen Cashell, Washington County Farm Service Agency executive director, reminds area farmers that enrollment for the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program and the Average Crop Revenue Election Program ends June 1.

Producers who choose to participate in either the revenue-based ACRE safety net or the price-based DCP safety net must enroll their eligible farms each year.

All owners and operators who will share in the DCP or ACRE payments on the farm must sign up by June 1.

Since 2009, producers have had the option to participate in DCP or ACRE. A producer who initially chose to remain in DCP has an option to switch to ACRE during the current enrollment period; however, producers who chose to enroll in ACRE cannot switch back to DCP.

Producers can make use of the electronic DCP (eDCP) automated website to sign up, or they can visit a nearby FSA county office to complete their 2012 DCP or ACRE enrollment forms. In Washington County, the USDA Service Center is at 1260 Maryland Ave., Suite 107, Hagerstown.

Electronic DCP saves time, reduces paperwork and speeds up contract processing. It is available to all producers who are eligible to participate in the DCP and ACRE programs and can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/dcp. To access the service, producers must have an active USDA eAuthentication Level 2 account, which requires completing an online registration form at www.eauth.egov.usda.gov followed by a visit to the local USDA Service Center for identity verification.

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