By Casey ToyneThis is the USDA Farm Service Agency newsletter for February. The most important items for producers are the announcement for the 2013 DCP sign-up, 2011 SURE sign-up, ECP sign-up, and sign-up for the EQIP, salinity and special initiatives funding.
DCP/ACRE 2013 SIGN-UP
The Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program are being offered for the 2013 crop year under the 2008 Farm Bill Extension.
DCP and ACRE sign-up for 2013 crops will begin on February 19, 2013. The DCP sign-up period will end on August 2, 3013 and ACRE sign-up will end on June 3. 2013.
The only program change from 2012 to 2013 is that all eligible participants in 2013 may choose to enroll in either DCP or ACRE for the 2013 crop year. This means that eligible producers who were enrolled in ACRE in 2012 may elect to enroll in DCP in 2013 or may re-enroll in ACRE in 2013 (and vice versa).