USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson reminds farmers that enrollment for the 2012 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE) ends June 1, 2012.
“We want producers to know that DCP and ACRE are still available for enrollment,” says Nelson. “Producers who want to participate in DCP or ACRE must enroll their eligible farms. We encourage them to take the time to sign up before the deadline. Electronic DCP (eDCP) is a great option for enrolling during this busy planting season.”
Farmers who choose to participate in either the revenue-based ACRE safety net or the price-based DCP safety net must enroll their 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, farmers have had the option to participate in DCP or ACRE. A farmer 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.
Farmers 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 form. eDCP saves time, reduces paperwork and speeds up contract processing. It is available to all farmers who are eligible to participate in the DCP and ACRE programs and can be accessed at online. To access the service, farmers must have an active USDA eAuthentication Level 2 account, which requires completing an online registration form followed by a visit to the local USDA Service Center for identity verification.
For more information on DCP or ACRE, contact a nearby FSA Service Center or visit the FSA website.