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June 1 deadline nearing to enroll farms in safety net, revenue programs

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Hubbard County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Mike Stevens is reminding farmers and landowners that they have until Wednesday, June 1, to enroll their farms in the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program.

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More than 75 percent of an expected 1.7 million farms nationwide have already enrolled.

"The deadline to enroll farms in the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program and Average Crop Revenue Election Program is quickly approaching," said Stevens.

"Producers who want to participate must act. Farmers and landowners must enroll their eligible farms no later than June 1, 2011, to take advantage of these important programs."

Producers who choose to participate in either the revenue-based ACRE safety net or the price-based DCP safety net must enroll their farms each year. All owners and operators who will share in the DCP or ACRE payments on the farm must sign the enrollment form (CCC-509) by June 1.

Since 2009, producers have had the option to participate in either DCP or ACRE. A producer who initially chose to remain in DCP has the option to switch to ACRE during the current enrollment period; however, producers who chose to enroll in ACRE cannot switch back to DCP.

For more information on DCP or ACRE, contact a nearby FSA county office or visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/dcp.

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