USDA, FSA new farm bill crops program enroll is here!

Posted: June 16, 2015

Remember all those conversations, articles and meetings this past winter concerning the new farm bill safety net? Well, hopefully you did get your yields updated, base acres reallocated and made a program decision by the deadline – because – now it is time to go to the County FSA office and enroll in which ever program you picked.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced yesterday that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will end September 30, 2015.

"The extensive outreach campaign conducted by USDA since the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted, along with extending deadlines, is central to achieving an expected high level of participation,” said Vilsack. “We worked with universities to simplify these complex programs by providing online tools so producers could explore how program election options would affect their operation in different market conditions; these tools were presented to almost 3,000 organizations across the country. The Farm Service Agency also sent more than 5 million educational notices to producers nationwide and participated in over 4,880 educational events with more than 447,000 attendees.”

The new programs, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, trigger financial protections for agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. More than 1.8 million farmers have elected ARC or PLC. Previously, 1.7 million producers had enrolled to receive direct payments (the program replaced with ARC and PLC by the 2014 Farm Bill). This means more farms have elected ARC or PLC than previously enrolled under previously administered programs.

Nationwide, 96% of soybean farms, 91% of corn farms, and 66% of wheat farms elected ARC. 99% of long grain rice farms, 99% of peanut farms, and 94% of medium grain rice farms elected PLC. For data about other crops and state-by-state program election results, click here.

It will take at least the full 5 years covered by this farm bill before we know if the program(s) we selected work out like we expected. In the meantime you may want to call your FSA office and get enrolled! The value of this safety net should not be discounted.

Contact Information

John Berry
  • Extension Educator, Business Management
Phone: 610-391-9840