Brown Announces Sign-Up Period for New USDA Farm Bill Program

Enrollment in Brown-Authored Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program to Begin April 27

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that enrollment for the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program, which allows farmers to choose between traditional farm programs and a new program that protects against drops in yield or prices, will begin April 27. Brown authored the ACRE program, which was included in the 2008 Farm Bill. 
“Agriculture is Ohio’s number one industry.” Brown said. “It is essential that we support our farmers in a responsible fashion. This program allows farmers to choose the best method of protecting their crops against low prices or natural disasters.”

Producers who chose to participate in the ACRE program forgo counter-cyclical payments, accept a 20 percent reduction of direct payments and accept a 30 percent reduction in loan rates for all commodities produced on the farm.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept applications for the program through Aug. 14. Producers may elect to enroll in ACRE for the 2009 crop year even if they have already accepted advance direct payments under the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program.  

To learn more about the ACRE program, visit a local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov.  FSA office locations may be found here.

Brown, the first Ohioan to serve on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee in 40 years, is the 2008 recipient of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President’s Award for his work on the ACRE program and the 2008 Farm bill.  The NCGA gives the award annually to a single member of Congress for his or her work in raising awareness on grower issues. 

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