Posts filed under ‘Farm Bill’

ACRE Farm Program Update

The proposed Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program is generating many questions. I certainly won’t be able to answer all, but I can shed light on a few questions thanks to information I received from FSA Executive Director Michelle Stahl.

ACRE County Yield for Van Wert County:

  • Corn 145 bushels/acre
  • Soybeans 46 bushels/acre
  • Wheat 68 bushels/acre

Ohio State Benchmark Yield

  • Corn 150 bushels/acre
  • Soybeans 46 bushels/acre
  • Wheat 66 bushels/acre

Suggestions to move forward with ACRE (*suggestions from me, not Ms. Stahl)~

  1. It’s in a producer’s best interest to establish a strong Benchmark Farm Yield because the higher the Benchmark Farm Yield the more likely it is that the farm trigger is met and the higher the payment per acre will be should both triggers be met.
  2. If you wish to enroll in ACRE but you cannot establish a yield then you may use a default yield equal to 95% of the ACRE County Yield.
  3. If a particular farm unit has historical yields below the county average, there is no financial benefit for the producer to prove yields. In those instances, accepting 95% of ACRE County Yield is a good option.
  4. Because of the potential for additional information, the prudent thing to do may be to remain the traditional DCP-counter cyclical farm program.
  5. If you choose to remain in the traditional DCP-counter cyclical farm program, you should re-examine the ACRE program in the spring of 2010 and then decide between ACRE and traditional farm program.

    May 29, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Ohio Ag Manager Newsletter for December, 2008 Published

    The Ohio Ag Manager e-Farm Management newsletter is now available. Current topics include:

    1. Flexible Cash Lease Calculator
    2. Story Marketing for Your Farm
    3. MarketMaker Linking Agricultural Markets
    4. COOL Implementation: The First 45 Days
    5. Online Employment Forums for the Hog Industry
    6. 2008 Ohio Survey of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Issues
    7. ACRE Publications Available
    8. Income Tax Management
    9. Commodity Programs and Biofuels Focus of Latest Choices Magazine

    December 5, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    ACRE and SURE Provisions in the New Farm Bill

    This weeks’ podcast is based on an excellent article written by Stu Ellis on the farm bill. Stu runs a blog called the farm gate, a blog which I have cited several times in my own blog. Stu’s article focuses on ACRE and SURE, two recently unveiled programs in the new farm bill. Ellis writes:

    ACRE and SURE programs will help farmers with risk management, not price protection, but details are still being written by USDA. Farmer may be pushed to purchase 75% crop insurance coverage to supplement the programs and be eligible for program benefits. Since the ACRE program replaces 20% of Direct Payments, farmers must determine if the loss of $3-5 per acre is worth the opportunity for longer term ACRE benefits.

    Listen to my podcast based on Stu’s post here:

    September 3, 2008 at 7:30 am

    ACRE, SURE and Farm Bill Analysis

    Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, has released a series of papers to explain ACRE, SURE, and their role in the new farm bill. I have summarized the papers and links here:

    ACRE (Average Crop Revenue Election) Provisions in Conference Farm Bill – This one page article contains the provision of the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) farm program option contained in the House-Senate Conference 2008 Farm Bill.

    Understanding ACRE: Breakeven Price With Traditional Programs, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat – This paper contains a discussion of the choice between the ACRE (Average Crop Revenue Program) suite of farm programs and the traditional suite of farm programs.

    Understanding ACRE: Its Revenue Guarantee – An important component of ACRE (Average Crop Revenue Program) is its state revenue target. This one-page article discusses the formula used to calculate the state revenue target.

    2008 FARM BILL: WITH FOCUS ON ACRE & SURE – These are overheads regarding the 2008 Farm Bill. The overhead material focuses on the new programs, ACRE and SURE.

    September 2, 2008 at 1:11 pm


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