August 1st Deadline for ARC/PLC Enrollment

Jul 22, 2016
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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding all farmers to enroll their farms in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs before the deadline of August 1 to be eligible for 2016 crop year payments.

Farmers should have already elected to participate in ARC or PLC but will have to annually sign an enrollment contract with their local USDA Farm Service Agency office to receive any program benefits for that year.  ARC and PLC serve as the primary farm safety net tools available for rice farmers replacing counter-cyclical payments following the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.

Last year, USDA announced that 99 percent of long grain rice farms and 94 percent of medium grain farms elected to participate in the PLC program for the duration of this Farm Bill.