Pella Chronicle

March 1, 2013

FSA announces DCP/ACRE Sign-up


The Chronicle

Pella — Sign up for the 2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) enrollment began on February 19, 2013 and will end August 2, 2013 announced Angela Vos, County Executive Director for the Marion County FSA Office.  

“Beginning February 19th, producers can either sign up on-line using the eDCP automated website or they can visit our office to complete their 2013 DCP contract,” said Vos.  

As producers begin considering shares for the 2013 DCP contracts, they are reminded that:

-All producers planting on DCP bases acres must be identified on the DCP/ACRE enrollment contact and receive a proportionate share of DCP/ACRE payment for the farm.  

-Changes in ownership, producers, or the crop share arrangement on the farm made after enrolling in DCP/ACRE must be reported to our FSA office.   

Producers should note that changes to their 2013 DCP/ACRE enrollment contracts cannot be made after September 30, 2013.  

Producers can also elect the ACRE option.  The 2013 ACRE program provisions are unchanged from 2012, except that all eligible participants in 2013 may choose to enroll in ACRE for the 2013 crop year. This means that eligible producers who were enrolled in ACRE in 2012 will need to enroll in DCP in 2013 or may re-enroll in ACRE in 2013. The ACRE sign-up period will end on June 3, 2013.  ISU Extension has developed a 2013 calculator that can assist producers in making the decision of whether or not to enroll in ACRE.  This calculator can be found at:   http://www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/crops/xls/a1-45acrecalculator.xls

The 2008 Farm Bill states that no 2013 advance direct payments for DCP and ACRE are to be issued.  

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) for many Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) commodity, disaster, and conservation programs through 2013.  Other FSA programs that have been extended include; the Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC), and

Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL), and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP) for wheat, rice, feed grains, soybeans and other oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, cotton, honey and wool.

For more information about the programs and loans administered by FSA, visit the Marion County FSA office or www.fsa.usda.gov.