USDA wants to remind producers that the sign-up deadline to elect the new Average Crop Revenue Election program is Aug. 14.

"I encourage all producers to visit their local Farm Service Agency office and land-grant university representatives to evaluate and consider whether ACRE is right for your farm," said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. "ACRE provides producers an alternative to counter-cyclical payments and producers should make use of the opportunity to choose the option that better meets their needs."

 ACRE was created in the 2008 Farm Bill, and offers a revenue-based alternative to the traditional Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program. Producers may elect to participate in ACRE even if they have already received an advance DCP payment for 2009. ACRE also provides a new risk-management tool for producers.

Numerous resources are available to help producers make an informed decision. FSA county office staff can answer many questions on program rules, application procedures and potential benefits. Experts at local land-grant universities can assist with potential payment calculations.

FSA has launched an ACRE Web site, with educational information, including an electronic program payment calculator.

Commodities eligible for ACRE 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. Once a farm is enrolled in ACRE, that farm must continue to be enrolled in ACRE through the 2012 crop year.

Source: USDA .