U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Judith A. Canales announced today that FSA has begun distributing Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payments for revenue losses associated with certain crops in Texas. 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 Texas include barley, irrigated corn, grain sorghum, wheat and non-irrigated cotton grown in the 2013 crop year. More than 10,000 producers in Texas enrolled more than 2.8 million acres in ACRE. The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires these payments to be reduced by 5.1 percent.
For more information on ACRE, producers should contact their local FSA office or visit FSA's website at www.fsa.usda.gov.