Marion County producers receive $3.1 million in aid

Producers enrolled in the 2011 Direct & Counter-cyclical Program and Average Crop Revenue Election contracts are being disbursed final installments of the direct type payment.

About 1,350 Marion County producers will receive more than $3.1 million. There are 45 producers receiving benefits under the ACRE program. DCP payments are calculated by multiplying the designated payment acres of those crops on a program participating farm times an established Farm Service Agency yield times the approved payment rate. Farms enrolled in ACRE have a 30 percent reduction in payment rate applied.

Actual?or non-DCP related?ACRE payments will be issued if individual farm and state trigger levels are met. It is anticipated that the crops of barley, oats and wheat will earn triggered 2010 production-based ACRE payments.

In addition, 937 producers will receive Conservation Reserve Program annual rental payments totaling over $645,000. These payments represent 15,510 acres that are enrolled on 687 Marion County contracts.

CRP is the largest and most successful public-private partnership for conservation benefit in U.S. history. This voluntary program helps agricultural producers safeguard environmentally sensitive lands.

In return, USDA provides producers with annual payment installments for 10 to 15 years, depending on practices within the contract, as compensation for removing highly erodible lands from crop production.

All DCP, ACRE and CRP payments are disbursed by electronic-funds transfer or direct deposit to producer bank accounts or financial institutions.

A payment transaction statement will be mailed to each payee by the Kansas City Accounting Center itemizing individual payment amounts.

Bill Harmon is executive director of the Marion County FSA office

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