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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa


As authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill, producers on eligible farms may elect to participate in the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program. ACRE is designed to provide revenue support to farmers as an alternative to the price support that farmers are used to receiving from commodity programs. Through the ACRE program, a state payment will be made when state revenue is less than the state guarantee. The sign up deadline is June 1.

How does a farmer decide whether or not to enroll in the ACRE program? To assist Wichita County and other Texas producers with this question a decision aid is available at

Before receiving a payment, a farm must meet a farm revenue benchmark. If this benchmark is met, a farm’s ACRE payments will be adjusted based on the ratio of the farm’s five-year history of yields to the state’s five-year history of yields.

For producers currently enrolled in the ACRE program desiring an estimate of payments their farm will receive for its 2009 crop, an ACRE payment estimator tool is available at

For more information in Wichita County contact Dr. Stan Bevers at 940.552.9941 ext. 231.


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