Enrolled Calif. Farmers to Receive USDA CRP, Direct
and ACRE Payments
USDA has begun distributing Conservation
Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments to participants across the
country, Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack announced TODAY.
USDA will also distribute 2013
direct payments and 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program
payments beginning Oct. 24. Payments were originally to be issued earlier
in the month, but were delayed due to the lapse in Federal funding.
“Farmers, ranchers and rural
landowners across the country count on USDA programs and the payment delays due
to the shutdown were an unnecessary burden,” Vilsack said. USDA will schedule
these payments without further delay. “Farm Service Agency staff have worked
hard to get this assistance out the door as quickly as possible,” he added.
California producers hold a total of 508 CRP conservation contracts
for their farmland and will receive an average of $35.11 per acre for their
habitat and environmental protection measures. Statewide, California producers will receive $4,421,800 in
conservation payments for 125,934 acres.
U.S. producers will paid for nearly
700,000 CRP contracts on 390,000 farms covering 26 to 31 million acres, making
this FSA voluntary program the largest public-private partnership for
conservation and wildlife habitat in the nation. Specifically, the program
helps ag producers safeguard environmentally sensitive land from agricultural
production and provide millions of acres of habitat for game and non-game
wildlife species, while improving water quality.
USDA also issues non-rental CRP
payments throughout the year. These payments for certain contracts include a 50
percent expense reimbursement for establishing and managing cover as well as
incentive payments for enrolling eligible high priority conservation practices.
Nationally, CRP reduced runoff and leaching of nitrogen and phosphorus into
waterways by an estimated 605 million pounds and 121 million pounds, respectively,
in 2012, and soil erosion reductions totaling 308 million tons in 2012.
DCP and ACRE
The 2013 DCP and ACRE programs are
issuing direct payments to the more than 1.7 million farms and ranches across
the nation enrolled in the Farm Service Agency’s programs. Producers with base
acres of certain commodities are eligible for DCP payments. These commodity
stabilization programs form a safety net for farm and ranches to deal with the
rise and fall of both market prices and production costs and to stabilize production
in key crops in the U.S.
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