New requirements told for Farm Program

Sign-ups are underway for the 2009 Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment (DCP) Program for farms with base acres, and there are several new requirements this year.

Julie Eklund, executive director of the Boone County Farm Service Agency, outlined the program and various options for producers at meetings Tuesday and Wednesday in the Cornerstone Bank basement.

The new requirements include certification of adjusted gross income for program participants. Program limitations are based on adjusted gross income.

This year’s program includes a firm sign-up deadline of June 1, 2009. This deadline is mandatory for all participants. FSA will not accept any late-filed applications.

Eklund emphasized the importance of this year’s tight time frame. As of Feb. 3, there were only 82 working days left to complete the sign-ups, with many new forms and new provisions requiring decisions on the part of producers. Since Boone County has 1,300 farms, an average 16 sign-ups per day must be achieved to have all sign-ups completed by the June 1 deadline.

See the Albion News Print Edition for more details.