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FSA accepting applications for '09 farm crop program

The Utah Farm Service Agency reminds agricultural producers in the Castle Valley region that enrollment in the federal average crop revenue election program is currently underway.

"The average crop revenue election program is an innovative alternative to the traditional farm safety," said Cary Son, FSA representative. "This new option presents an opportunity for producers to review both programs and decide which one will work best for their operation."

Local producers will have until Aug. 14 to make decisions for 2009 crops. The United States Department of Agriculture will not accept late filed applications.

Producers who elect the ACRE program for a farm agree to:

•Forego counter-cyclical payments.

•Accept a 20 percent reduction of direct payments.

•Accept a 30 percent reduction in loan rates for all produced commodities.

Commodities eligible for ACRE payments are wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, upland cotton, long grain rice, medium and short grain rice, peanuts, soybeans, sunflower seed, canola, flaxseed, safflower, mustard seed, rapeseed, sesame seed, crambe, dry peas and lentils as well as small and large chickpeas.

The ACRE program was created in the 2008 Farm Bill to give producers an option in lieu of traditional counter-cyclical payments.

Producers must complete Form CCC-509, which irrevocably elects ACRE for the farm through 2012.

The contract to participate in ACRE must be completed every year the producer intends to participate and receive benefits.

For more information, Carbon and Emery producers may visit a local Farm Service Agency office.

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