At the end of last year, Congress passed a 9 month extension of the 2008 Farm Bill. Beginning this month, producers will have the opportunity to sign up for those programs for the 2013 crop. The federal farm program for 2008 consists of the counter-cyclical payment program (DCP) and the ACRE program. Julia Wickard, with the state FSA office, says sign up will begin this month, “Sign up will begin on February 19, and for DCP will run through August 2nd and for ACRE will run until June 3rd.” Wickard says so far there is no information on sign up dates for the Conservation Reserve Program.
Since Congress just passed an extension, the programs are the same as they have always been, but Wickard says there is a new twist, “Basically producers will have the opportunity to choose which of the two programs they want to participate in either DCP or ACRE. This flexibility had not been offered in the past.
Also included in the Farm Bill extension was extension of the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC). Wickard says there are no changes in this program, “Dairy producers do not need to do anything. The extension just lets the process continue as it has been.” If, however, producers want to continue in this program for 2013, they will need to re-enroll. This can be done by filling out a new AGI form for 2013 at their local FSA office.
For more information contact your local FSA office.