Lincoln, NE, Oct.27, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Dan Steinkruger announced today that FSA has begun distributing Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payments for revenue losses associated with certain crops in Nebraska. Discontinued by the 2014 Farm Bill, the ACRE program provided producers with protection from revenue losses for crops grown in 2009-2013.

USDA Issues Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE

Contact:
Dan Steinkruger, State Executive Director, at (402) 437-5581
or dan.steinkruger@ne.usda.gov
FSA Website: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/ne

Lincoln, NE, Oct.27, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Dan Steinkruger announced today that FSA has begun distributing Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payments for revenue losses associated with certain crops in Nebraska. Discontinued by the 2014 Farm Bill, the ACRE program provided producers with protection from revenue losses for crops grown in 2009-2013.

Crops eligible for October payments in Nebraska include wheat, grain sorghum, dry peas and irrigated barley grown during the 2013 crop year. The Budget Control Act (sequestration) passed by Congress in 2011 requires these payments to be reduced by 5.1 percent.

Nebraska ranks as one of the top states for participation in ACRE, with just over 17,000 farms enrolled in the program. Payments were issued under the program last year for drought losses to non-irrigated corn, soybeans and other crops grown in 2012. The ACRE program was discontinued by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) which established two new programs – Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Farmers will be making decisions regarding their election into these programs beginning November 17, 2014.

For more information on 2013 ACRE payments, producers should contact their local FSA office or visit FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov/ne.

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