ACRE Program Enrollment Opens on April 27, 2009
Producers have until Aug.14, 2009, to make their decision for the 2009 crop. USDA will not accept any late-filed applications.
Producers who elect the ACRE program for a farm agree to:
◦ forgo counter-cyclical payments;
◦ accept a 20-percent reduction of the direct payments; and
◦ accept a 30-percent reduction in loan rates for all commodities produced on the farm.
Commodities eligible for ACRE payments are wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, upland cotton, long grain rice, medium and short grain rice, peanuts, soybeans, sunflower seed, canola, flaxseed, safflower, mustard seed, rapeseed, sesame seed, crambe, dry peas, lentils, small chickpeas and large chickpeas.
For more information about the ACRE program please visit your friendly local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office or visit the following LINKS:
Farm Bill Home Page
ACRE Program Overview
Acre Fact Sheet
FSA Power Point ACRE
Univeristy of Illinois Farm Doc – Fast Tools (ACRE worksheet)
April 30, 2009 | News and Resources | No Comments »
Governor Daniels Signs A Number of Ag Bills
from Indiana Farm Bureau Public Policy Dispatch, April 23 ,2009, with thanks to Indiana Soybean Council and Jane Ade Stevens for the compilation.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has signed 33 bills into law. A number of these deal with agriculture and rural Indiana. Click on the Bill Number to go directly to the Indiana General Assembly data about the bill.
- HB 1193 (Rep. Joe Pearson, D-Hartford City, and Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette) adds school corporations, colleges and universities to the list of entities that are eligible to apply for a grant under the E85 Fueling Station Grant Program.
- HB 1203 (Rep. Bob Bischoff, D-Greendale, and Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen) establishes the invasive species council within the Purdue University College of Agriculture.
- HB 1204 (Rep. Bob Bischoff, D-Greendale, and Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn) provides that money in the Clean Water Indiana fund does not revert to any other fund at the end of a fiscal year.
- HB 1218 (Rep. Joe Pearson, D-Hartford City, and Sen. Ron Alting, Lafayette) increases to $10 million the balance that will trigger the reinstatement of the collection of producer premiums for the grain indemnity fund. The bill also provides that if premiums are reinstated, they will be collected through June 30 of the year in which the fund reaches $15 million.
- HB 1473 (Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, and Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus) requires that residential, agricultural and commercial rental agreements entered into or renewed after June 30, 2009, must disclose if a structure on the property is located in a flood plain.
- HB 1524 (Rep. Terry Goodin, D-Austin, and Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette) allows the State Egg Board to set fees rather than return to the General Assembly for fee increases. It also makes other changes regarding the sale of eggs in Indiana.
- SB 271 (Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, and Rep. Joe Pearson, D-Hartford City) provides that a request for an increase in funds for the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University must originate from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, subject to the written approval of the treasurer of Purdue, and will allow fee money to be used for any purpose except for faculty salaries.
- SB 424 (Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, and Rep. Bob Bischoff, D-Greendale) allows the director of the Department of Natural Resources to set the boundaries of an area where a pest or pathogen is located and to declare the area to be an infested area. It also changes the definition of “pest or pathogen” for the purposes of certain laws concerning entomology and plant pathology.
- SB 545 (Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, and Rep. Bob Bischoff, D-Greendale) makes a number of changes to the state’s fish and wildlife laws. Most significantly, it changes the procedure for establishing a controlled hunt in a state park and increases how old you can be to fish without a license from 17 to 18.
- SB 27 (Sen. Teresa Lubbers, R-Indianapolis, and Rep. Joe Pearson, D-Hartford City) renames the state’s educational technology fund as the Sen. David C. Ford Educational Technology Fund. Renaming the fund is a tribute to the late Sen. David Ford (R-Hartford City), who was instrumental in establishing it.
April 27, 2009 | Issues and News | No Comments »