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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has started issuing an estimated $420 million in 2009 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payments to producers enrolled in the program for wheat, corn, barley, dry peas, grain sorghum, lentils, oats, peanuts, soybeans and upland cotton.
“These payments are an important part of the farm safety net because they help protect the farmers who provide America and the world with a reliable stream of food and commodities by buffering them from the effects of revenue declines,” said Scherrie Giamanco, executive director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.
In order for producers to receive ACRE payments, revenue triggers for a commodity must be met on both a state and farm basis. ACRE payments must be made as soon as possible following the end of the market year, but no earlier than Oct. 1. Of the $420 million in payments, about 70 percent are expected to be issued to wheat producers and 23 percent to corn producers. About 80 percent of the payments is expected to be issued to producers in Illinois, Oklahoma, Washington, South Dakota, North Dakota and Idaho.
Congress established ACRE as a part of the 2008 Farm Bill to protect producers from market revenue declines. A list of state payment rates for the 2009 crops is available at http://go.usa.gov/CCS.
State payment rates for other commodities will be determined after the 2009-2010 marketing year average price is published by the National Agricultural Statistical Service.
For more information on the ACRE program, visit the local FSA office or the website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/dcp.