Key Dates for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs

Key Dates for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs

USDA releases timeline to help farmers and landowners prepare for ARC and PLC program decisions.

FAQ: What are the dates when I can sign up for the 2014 USDA Farm Program? First I need to decide whether to update my farm's yield history and reallocate base acres, correct?

Answer: That is correct. Here's the information USDA released on October 3:

USDA on October 3 announced key dates for farm owners and farm operators to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). 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.

FARM BILL DECISIONS: Farmers can update yield history and/or reallocate base acres Sept. 29, 2014 through Feb. 27, 2015; producers select the safety net program best for their farm operation beginning Nov. 17, 2014 through March 31, 2015.

"The ARC and PLC programs are a significant reform in the farm safety net," said Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini. "FSA wants to keep producers well informed on all steps in the process. We will continue our outreach efforts and maintain resources online to help them understand the new programs before they come in to make decisions for their operations."

Dates associated with ARC and PLC that farm owners and producers need to know:

• Sept. 29, 2014 to Feb. 27, 2015: Land 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 of either ARC or 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 for 2014 crop year, if needed.

USDA leaders will visit with producers across the country to share information and answer questions on the ARC and PLC programs.

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Review the online tools to help you make the right decisions
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. The new tools are now available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc. Farm owners and producers can access the online resources from the convenience of their home computer or mobile device at any time. USDA provided $3 million to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri and the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M (co-leads for the National Association of Agricultural and Food Policy), along with the University of Illinois (lead for the National Coalition for Producer Education) to develop these online tools.

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.

Today's announcement was made possible through the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer.

Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

Sept. 29, 2014 to Feb. 27, 2015

Nov. 17, 2014 to March 31, 2015

Mid-April through Summer 2015

October 2015

Land owners make base reallocation/yield updates

Producers make election between ARC/PLC

Producers sign contracts for 2014 and 2015 crop years

Payments for 2014 crop year, if needed

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