Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC),
begins Nov. 17, 2014, and continues through March 31, 2015. The
new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk,
usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm
programs in decades.
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.
Farm owners and producers can access the online resources,
available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc, from the convenience of
their home computer or mobile device at any time.
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.
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Dates associated with ARC and PLC that farm owners and producers
need to know:
- Now through Feb. 27, 2015: Farm 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 between ARC and 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 issued for 2014 crop year, if
To learn more about which safety net options are most appropriate
for specific farming operations, farmers can use new Web tools at
which can be accessed from the convenience of a home computer or a
mobile device at any time. To learn more about upcoming educational
meetings, farmers can contact their local Farm Service Agency county
Please contact your local county FSA Office with any questions
regarding this message.
[Mary S. Kirby - Public Affairs
Specialist - State FSA Office - Springfield]