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New federal legislation now allows farmers and landowners of farms with 10 or fewer base acres the opportunity to receive payments for the 2008 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program (DCP). On Oct. 13, 2008, President George W. Bush signed a bill that made amendments to the 2008 Farm Bill.
Originally, the 2008 Farm Bill prohibited DCP payments on farms with 10 acres of base or less, unless the farm is wholly owned by a socially disadvantaged farmer or limited resource farmers. The 2008 enrollment period for the DCP on farms with greater than 10 base acres ended Sept. 30.
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