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USDA issues CRP rental payments

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that USDA has begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program annual rental payments to participants across the country.

USDA also began distributing 2013 direct payments and 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election program payments this week. Payments originally were scheduled to be issued earlier in the month, but were delayed by several weeks due to the lapse in federal funding.

Direct payments for 2013 for the DCP and ACRE programs are being made to the more than 1.7 million farms enrolled in the Farm Service Agency’s programs. Producers with base acres of certain commodities are eligible for DCP payments.

ACRE payments for 2012 for crop barley, corn, grain sorghum, lentils, oats, peanuts, dry peas, soybeans, and wheat are scheduled to be released beginning Oct. 24 and contingent upon national average market prices and yields in each state.

ACRE payments for large chickpeas, small chickpeas, canola, crambe, flaxseed, mustard seed, rapeseed, safflower, sesame, and sunflowers are scheduled to be made in early December and for long grain rice and medium and short grain rice in early February when the final 2012/13 market year average price data becomes available.

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