June 1 is deadline for FSA?s DCP and ACRE

Enrollment into the 2010 Direct & Counter-cyclical Program and the Average Crop Revenue Election comes to an end June 1.

Unlike prior years, this is a firm signup deadline and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has determined there will be no extensions or late filing opportunities.

An important consideration within the enrollment process is securing the signature of every individual or entity interest that is identified on a DCP/ACRE program contract (FSA form CCC-509).

These party signatures must be present on every CCC-509 contract by no later than June 1. Therefore, it becomes critical for all interested producers to schedule their enrollment appointments with local county FSA offices in order for their program benefit payments to be issued to them in a timely manner.

There are producers on about 400 Marion County farms that have not yet performed their 2010 signup duties.

As a reminder, farms that elected and enrolled into the ACRE option of the farm program in 2009 must continue to enroll in ACRE for 2010 and the following years.

Producers on ACRE farms are under a mandatory obligation to also report their 2009 production harvested by June 1, in order for a revenue guarantee to be determined for the participating farm(s).

Another vital producer responsibility in remaining eligible for 2009-10 FSA payments is for individuals and legal entity representatives to complete forms CCC-927 or CCC-928, as applicable, that allows a consent to disclose federal tax information with the Internal Revenue Service.

All properly completed CCC-927s and 928s must be mailed by respective producers to the IRS by no later than June 15. By filing this form producers are authorizing the IRS to disclose only to USDA the accuracy of each producer?s certifications regarding the program?s standard adjusted gross income limits.

IRS will report to USDA a yes or no answer about each producer?s eligibility but will not provide or release actual tax data or documents.

While DCP/ACRE enrollment is being done, producers can file their required acreage reports that allow farms to earn their final program payments in the fall. Reports must be filed on all cropland and noncropland existing on a farm.

Producers will be expected to provide specific planting dates for all acreages annually planted.

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Bill Harmon is executive director of the Marion County FSA office.

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