WASHINGTON D.C. â€” The U.S. Department of Agricultureâ€™s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that farm payments, which had been temporarily suspended due to sequestration, are scheduled to resume Â May 8. This includes payments for the 2011 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE), the Noninsured Crop Assistance Program (NAP) and the Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC).
â€œIâ€™m pleased to announce that farmers and ranchers can expect to begin receiving their payments beginning today, May 8,â€ said Garcia. â€œWe appreciate the producersâ€™ patience during the delay. Weâ€™re working diligently to get these payments out as quickly as possible.â€
On March 4, 2013, FSA began a temporary suspension of FSA program payments in order to assess the impact of sequestration and determine the least-disruptive process possible for carrying out required cuts. The Department will use the Secretaryâ€™s limited authority to transfer funds to avoid reducing these program payments.
Producers should be advised that program sign-up periods currently underway have the following enrollment deadlines: 2013 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program â€“Â June 3rd; 2011 SURE â€“Â June 7; and the 2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program â€“Â August 2nd. Producers should contact their local Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible for appointments to enroll in these programs before the deadlines.
USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration â€“ the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $828 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.
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