USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Juan M. Garcia has announced that the 2010 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) production certification deadline has been extended to September 1, 2011.

Producers who participate in the ACRE program receive revenue-based payments as an alternative to receiving price-based counter-cyclical (CC) payments.

"The original July 15, 2011, deadline was extended to September 1, 2011, due to the large workload that many county offices are experiencing," said Garcia. "The extension applies to reporting the farm benchmark yields for 2005 through 2009 and the actual farm yield for 2010," he said.

Because of the extended deadline, FSA county offices will not be authorized to use a late-file register—meaning no ACRE production certifications will be accepted beyond the September 1, 2011 date.

For questions regarding ACRE certification, please contact your local FSA office http://www.fsa.usda.gov/tx