Does it make sense to enroll your farm in the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program for 2009? If you have more questions than answers, mark your calendar for a free “Ask the Experts” webinar session, 8-9 a.m. CDT Wednesday, July 1. The session is open to the public and is especially recommended for farmers, landlords and Farm Service Agency personnel looking to get added insight into the new farm safety net program.
“The South Dakota Corn Growers Association (SDCGA) strongly encourages all ag producers to take advantage of this timely and informative program,” said Bill Chase, president of the SDCGA. “The SDCGA fought to make sure the ACRE provision was included in the farm bill to provide added opportunities for producers to protect their bottom line.”
The DTN Webinar, co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association, will feature Dr. Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University ag economist and one of the architects of ACRE.
Titled “How to Make Your ACRE Decision,” the webinar will be held well before the Aug. 14 Farm Service Agency deadline, giving producers plenty of time to finalize their assessment of the merits of the risk management program. After the initial webinar, it will be rebroadcast through August.
"Economists say there are a lot of moving parts to factor into your ACRE decision, but we hope to give corn, soy and wheat producers a clearer picture of how ACRE performs under various price and yield scenarios," said Marcia Zarley Taylor, DTN Executive Editor.
Also appearing on behalf of the Farm Service Agency will be Brad Karmen, FSA assistant to the deputy administrator for farm programs, and Brent Orr, DCP-ACRE specialist, who can answer producers’ technical questions.
Attendees should enroll early to receive background material on ACRE’s mechanics. Follow this link to register. Producers will receive a confirmation email from DTN when they register in advance, giving them the link to the “homework” on Dr. Zulauf’s Web site.
DTN is also soliciting ACRE questions to field to Dr. Zulauf and the FSA experts. Answers will be posted after the webinar on DTN's “Minding Ag’s Business” blog on www.dtnprogressivefarmer.com.