As harvest grabs time and attention this fall, farmers need to remember some important dates in regard to the new farm bill as windows of time will soon open to sign up for key new programs such as Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, along with opportunity to update yield and base histories.
“The ARC and PLC programs are a significant reform in the farm safety net,” said Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini. “FSA wants to keep producers well informed on all steps in the process. We will continue our outreach efforts and maintain resources online to help them understand the new programs before they come in to make decisions for their operations.”
Dates associated with ARC and PLC that farm owners and producers need to know:
- Sept. 29, 2014 to Feb. 27, 2015 -- Land owners may visit their local Farm Service Agency office to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres.
- Nov. 17, 2014 to March 31, 2015 -- Producers make a one-time election of either ARC or PLC for the 2014 through 2018 crop years.
- Mid-April 2015 through summer 2015 -- Producers sign contracts for 2014 and 2015 crop years. October 2015: Payments for 2014 crop year, if needed.
USDA helped create online tools to assist in the decision process, allowing farm owners and producers to enter information about their operation and see projections that show what ARC and/or PLC will mean for them under possible future scenarios.
Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.