CHANGE TO 10.0 OR LESS BASE PROVISIONS
In case you have not heard, the provisions for participation in the DCP or ACRE program on smaller based farms have changed again. Farms with 10.0 or less base acres were previously determined to be ineligible for program participation unless the farm was solely owned by a Socially Disadvantaged Person (SDA).
A socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher is a farmer or rancher who is a member of a socially disadvantaged group. For entities owning a 10.0 acre base or less farm, all members of the entity needed to be socially disadvantaged. A socially disadvantaged group is a group whose members have been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities.
SDA's include, but are not limited to, Asian, African Americans, Pacific Islanders, Hispanics and women. The new provisions state that to be eligible for program participation an SDA who is an owner of a 10.0 or less base farm need own only 50% of the land to qualify. For example, if such a farm shows a man and woman as owners of the property the county office is to determine each owner owns 50 percent, making the farm eligible for participation in the program.