Times running out for farm programs

May 21, 2013 

Time is running out for Wake County farmers and producers to sign up for the 2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program or the Average Crop Revenue Election Program.

Juan M. Garcia, an administrator with The U. S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, said the longer farmers wait the more difficult it becomes to meet the application deadline.

“We understand that Wake County producers have gotten busy, but they can’t forget to visit their county office and sign up for DCP or ACRE,” Garcia said. “Just as farmers plan their spring plantings, producers should plan to schedule an appointment to visit the Wake County USDA Service Center at the earliest possible time. It’s best to complete the paperwork now rather than to stand in line the day before the deadline,” Garcia said.

Enrollment for both programs began Feb. 19. The deadline to sign up for ACRE is June 3. The DCP sign up period ends Aug. 2.

The 2013 DCP and ACRE program provisions are the same as 2012, except 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 can choose to enroll in DCP in 2013, or re-enroll in ACRE in 2013.

For more information about FSA programs and loans, visit the Wake County FSA office at 4001 Carya Drive Raleigh, or call 919-231-6126. Farmers can also find information at fsa.usda.gov/FSA.

Landowners can enroll in special program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting general enrollment for a Conservation Reserve Program until Friday, June 14, according to Wake County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Kevin Wooten.

Wooten also announced the restart of sign-up for continuous CRP, including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Initiative, the Highly Erodible Land Initiative, the Grassland Restoration Initiative, the Pollinator Habitat Initiative and other related initiatives. Enrollment for continuous CRP ends Sept.30.

“Strong competition to enroll acres into CRP is expected,” Wooten said. “Wake County producers are urged to maximize their environmental benefits and make cost-effective offers,” he said. CRP is an important program for protecting environmentally sensitive lands from erosion and sedimentation and for ensuring the sustainability of groundwater, lakes, rivers, ponds and streams.

Wake County producers are also encouraged to look into CRP’s other enrollment opportunities offered on a continuous, non-competitive basis. Currently, Wake County has 316 acres enrolled in CRP practices including tree, grass and wildlife habitat projects.

Anyone interested in enrolling cropland in CRP should visit the Wake County FSA Service Center at 4001 Carya Drive Raleigh, 919-231-6126, or go to www.fsa.usda.gov.

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