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Farm Service Agency reminding farmers to sign up for DCP

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds farmers they need to sign up for their direct payment program before the end of the month.

The Direct and Counter-cyclical payment program through the Farm Service Agency is the safety net that farmers count on in the event of low crop prices.

Farmers have to report the number of acres and crops they are planting to the U.S.D.A., to be eligible for the guaranteed payment support. That safety net has been very important to agricultural communities in recent years.

U.S. D.A. Farm Service Agency Executive Director Hank Hammond said "We generally have about a 15 to 20 million dollars impact in Lee County. And by the time that money turns over three times, you are talking about a potential 60 million dollar impact in Lee County. So farming is a very important part of Lee County's economy."

So far only about half of Lee County's farmers have signed up for the Direct Payment Program. The deadline is June 1st.

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