DCP, ACRE sign-up at local USDA underway
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REFUGIO — The 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program got underway on Jan. 23, at the local USDA office and will continue through June 1.

“I encourage producers to make an appointment with our office to sign-up for program benefits,” said Robert N. Garcia, executive director of the Refugio/Goliad USDA Farm Service Agency.

Eligible DCP participants receive a direct payment and/or a counter-cyclical payment.

Garcia reminds producers that the 2008 Farm Bill does not authorize advance direct payments. Counter-cyclical payments vary depending on market prices, and are issued only when the effective price for a commodity is below its target price, which takes into account the direct payment rate, market price and loan rate.

Both DCP and ACRE participants must sign annual contracts to be eligible for program benefits. All signatures of producers who will receive a share of DCP and ACRE payments must be on file by the June 1, deadline.

For more information about DCP and ACRE, please contact the Refugio/Goliad County FSA office at 361/526-2392 Extension 2, or visit the web at

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