WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is encouraging producers to enroll in the Agriculture Risk (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs before the March 16 deadline for the crop year 2019.
“Because of the importance and complexities of the ARC and PLC programs, please do not wait to start the enrollment process,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “Please call your FSA county office and make an appointment to ensure your elections are made and contracts signed ahead of the deadline.”
Until March 16, producers who have not yet enrolled in ARC or PLC for 2019 can enroll for both 2019 and 2020 during the same visit to an FSA county office. A one-time opportunity to update PLC payment yields could be beneficial to producers in some areas beginning with crop year 2020. Resources for producers including a yield update calculator can be found here or here under the ‘Resources’ tab.
The programs cover the following commodities: barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium and short grain rice, safflower seed, seed cotton, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, and wheat.
ARC and PLC election decision tools developed by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M University, in conjunction with the Food and Agricultural Policy Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri, are available here
. To enroll, contact your FSA county office
for an appointment.