USDA reminded producers that the 2012 deadline to enroll in the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment (DCP) program is June 1.

“I encourage all producers interested in DCP to visit the service center where their farm is administered and sign up before the busy planting season gets underway,” said Nelson. “Enrollments cannot be accepted after the deadline, so enrolling early may help producers avoid missing the deadline during one of the most demanding times of the year.”

DCP provides payments to eligible producers on farms enrolled for any of the 2008 through 2012 crop years. There are two types of DCP payments: direct payments and counter-cyclical payments. Both are calculated using the base acres and payment yields established for the farm. DCP is authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill).

In addition to DCP, other FSA programs also have enrollment deadlines approaching:

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program: Check with the FSA service center for dates; GRAZE-OUT – March 31 for calendar year 2011 crops; Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General Sign-up 43 – April 6; Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) – June 1; Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payment Program (SURE) – July 1 for crop year 2010; 2011 ACRE Production Evidence – July 15; Certification of Planted Acres – Various deadlines, but no later than July 15; Farm Reconstitutions (changes) – August 1, 2012 for the 2012 crop year; MILC –Sept. 30, 2012; Crop Insurance – Contact a crop insurance agent or the regional RMA office.