Mid-Columbia growers of grain and feedstock crops are advised to enroll in 2012 federal farm subsidies programs before June 1.
The Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Election Program (ACRE) provide payments to producers of eligible crops as a financial farm safety net.
ACRE offers revenue protection against low market prices or low state and farm yields. As with DCP, a farm must have base acres of a covered commodity in order to enroll in ACRE.
Farmers can contact the Benton or Franklin counties' Farm Service Agency for help about being eligible for the programs. The program variables are complex, and several factors affect payment applications. An early start on the application process is advised.
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For more information, call Dennis Simmelink in the Benton County office at 786-2313, ext. 2, or Bruce Clatterbuck in the Franklin County office at 545-8543, ext. 2.
Details are available at fsa.usda.gov/dcp.