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Manufacturers must register for USDA security programs by March 15

“Agricultural risk coverage and price loss programs provide critical financial protection to many American farmers. As producers continue to experience a bruise pandemic and new climate catastrophes, these programs are becoming increasingly important, ”said Zach Duchamp, administrator of the USDA’s Agricultural Services Agency (FSA). “I encourage producers to contact their district offices to find out about eligibility for the program and today’s election options so they can begin the registration process as soon as possible.” (US Department of Agriculture, public domain)

WASHINGTON – Farmers who have not yet participated in the Agricultural Risk Compensation (ARC) or Price Loss (PLC) programs for the 2022 harvest must sign a contract by March 15, 2022. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing these two security programs to provide vital income support to farmers experiencing significant reductions in crop prices or incomes.

“Agricultural risk coverage and price loss programs provide critical financial protection to many American farmers. As producers continue to experience a bruise pandemic and new climate catastrophes, these programs are becoming increasingly important, ”said Zach Duchamp, administrator of the USDA’s Agricultural Services Agency (FSA). “I encourage producers to contact their district offices to find out about eligibility for the program and today’s election options so they can begin the registration process as soon as possible.”

Growers can choose coverage and register with ARC-County or PLC, both of which are on-culture, or ARC-Individual, which is for the entire farm. Although electoral changes in 2022 are optional, producers must register each year under a signed contract. In addition, if the producer has a long-term contract on the farm and makes an electoral change in 2022, you will need to sign a new contract.

If the election is not submitted by the March 15, 2022 deadline, the election will remain the same as the 2021 election for farm crops. Farm owners cannot participate in both programs if they do not have a stake in that crop.

To date, manufacturers have completed 976,249 contracts, which is 54% of the more than 1.8 million expected contracts.

Producers who do not complete registration by the deadline will not be enrolled in the ARC or PLC for the 2022 harvest and will not receive payment if launched.

Producers have the right to register farms with base hectares for the following goods: barley, oilseed rape, large and small chickpeas, corn, cramps, flax seeds, sorghum grains, lentils, mustard seeds, oats, peanuts, dried peas, canola, long grain rice, rice and short grains, safflower seeds, cotton seeds, sesame seeds, soybeans, sunflower seeds and wheat.

Decision making tools

In partnership with the USDA, two web-based decision-making tools are available to help growers make informed, informed decisions using crop data specific to their farm operations:

  • Gardner-farmdoc payment calculatorThe tool, available through the University of Illinois, allows manufacturers to estimate payments for farms and counties for ARC-CO and PLC.
  • ARC and PLC decision making toola tool available through Texas A&M that allows manufacturers to estimate payments and update revenue and expected payments for 2022.

Opinions on crop insurance and timing of decisions

ARC and PLC are part of a broader security network provided by the USDA, which also includes crop insurance and marketing loans.

Producers are reminded that elections and registration with the ARC and PLC may affect eligibility for certain crop insurance products.

Manufacturers on farms with PLC options have the option to purchase the Supplemental Coverage (SCO) option through their approved insurance provider; however, producers on farms where the ARC is the choice are not eligible to participate in the SCO on their hectares sown under that crop on that farm.

Unlike SCO, elections in the ARC do not affect the Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO). Growers can add ECO regardless of farm program choices.

Farmers who grow cotton in mountainous areas who have decided to register hectares of cotton seed in the ARC or PLC are not eligible for the Income Protection Plan (STAX) on their planted hectares of cotton for this farm.

Producers should contact their crop insurance agent to ensure that the choices and registration made to the FSA follow their intention to participate in STAX or SCO coverage. Manufacturers must by March 15, 2022 make appropriate changes or terminate the contract with ARC or PLC.

Additional information

In addition to the March 15 deadline for ARC and PLC, other important deadlines include:

“If you are working with us on ARC and PLC, we also encourage you to consider our other programs, including the Pandemic Cover Crop program, which requires you to report on areas,” Duchamp added.

For more information on ARC and PLC manufacturers can visitARC and PLC web page or contact their local USDA service center. In service centers where COVID cases exceed security levels, employees continue to work with farmers by phone, email and other digital tools. Manufacturers with access to level 2 authentication may sign contracts electronically or arrange for the transfer of signed contracts to the FSA County Office. Because of the pandemic some USDA Service Centersopen to restricted visitors.

The USDA affects the lives of all Americans every day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is transforming America’s food system with a stronger focus on more sustainable local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, access to safe, healthy, and nutritious food in all communities, creating new markets and revenue streams for farmers and producers who use climate-friendly food and forestry, make historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy opportunities in rural America, and commit to equity-wide equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and creating a workforce more representative to America. To learn more, visitusda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

– USDA


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