USDA Updates USA Rice Farmers on Farm Bill Implementation

Dec 10, 2015
NEW ORLEANS, LA – This morning the Board of Directors for the USA Rice Farmers representing rice farmers from all six rice-growing states heard a number of updates from Brad Karmen, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Karmen’s comments were focused on the implementation process of the 2014 Farm Bill, particularly in regard to FSA’s farm programs affecting rice farmers.  Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) election and enrollment process and payment schedules were of interest to farmers.  

Base acre reallocation was also a hot topic to the USA Rice Farmers.  Karmen said, “Once base acre reallocation was all said and done, we saw about 400,000 additional base acres attributed to rice this year.”

Blake Gerard, a Missouri rice farmer and chairman of USA Rice Farmers, was pleased to learn more about USDA’s proposed Actively Engaged in Farming rules.

“We’re glad our Board of Directors had the opportunity to voice concerns and raise questions coming out of each of the six rice states,” he said.  “We’re looking forward to getting some clarity on timing and rules for reconstitution following an in-depth discussion on the potential impacts the proposed rule would have on our operations if it were implemented today.”