USDA Issues CRP, Direct and ACRE Payments
Washington--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program annual rental payments to participants across the country. USDA also will distribute 2013 direct payments and 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election program payments beginning Thursday. Payments originally were scheduled to be issued earlier in the month, but were delayed by several weeks due to the lapse in federal funding caused by the partial government shutdown.
The 2008 farm bill, extended by the American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012, provides authority to enroll land in DCP, ACRE and CRP through Sept. 30. However, legislation has not been enacted to reauthorize or extend this authority. Effective Oct. 1, the FSA does not have legislative authority to approve or process applications for these programs. For more information on CRP, DCP and ACRE, producers should contact their local FSA office or visit FSA’s website at theFSA homepage.