This fall, USDA will be making more than $7 billion in payments
under the ARC-County and PLC programs to assist participating
producers, which will account for over 10 percent of USDA’s
projected 2016 net farm income. These payments will help provide
reassurance to America’s farm families, who are standing strong
against low commodity prices compounded by unfavorable growing
conditions in many parts of the country.
Unlike the old direct payment program, which issued payments
during both weak and strong market conditions, the 2014 Farm
Bill authorized the ARC-PLC safety net to trigger and provide
financial assistance only when decreases in revenues or crop
prices, respectively, occur. The ARC and PLC programs primarily
allow producers to continue to produce for the market by making
payments on a percentage of historical base production, limiting
the impact on production decisions.
Nationwide, producers enrolled 96 percent of soybean base acres,
91 percent of corn base acres and 66 percent of wheat base acres
in the ARC-County coverage option. Producers enrolled 99 percent
of long grain rice and peanut base acres and 94 percent of
medium grain rice base acres in the PLC option. Overall, 76
percent of participating farm base acres are enrolled in
ARC-County, 23 percent in PLC and one percent in ARC-Individual.
For other program information including frequently asked
questions, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.
Payments are made to producers who enrolled base acres of
barley, corn, grain sorghum, lentils, oats, peanuts, dry peas,
soybeans, wheat and canola. In the upcoming months, payments
will be announced after marketing year average prices are
published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service for
the remaining covered commodities.
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These include long and medium grain rice (except for temperate
Japonica rice), which will be announced in November, remaining
oilseeds and chickpeas, which will be announced in December, and
temperate Japonica rice, which will be announced in early February
2017. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.
The Budget Control Act of 2011, passed by Congress, requires USDA to
reduce 2015 ARC and PLC payments by 6.8 percent. For more
information, producers are encouraged to visit their local Farm
Service Agency (FSA) office. To find a local FSA office, visit
[USDA Farm Service Agency]
For questions regarding this message please contact your local FSA
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