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November 19, 2017

USDA Announces Enrollment Period for Safety Net Coverage in 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that
starting Nov. 1, 2017, farmers and ranchers with base acres in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or
Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net program may enroll for the 2018 crop year. The enrollment period
will end on Aug. 1, 2018.
“Since shares and ownership of a farm can change year-to-year, producers must enroll by signing a
contract each program year,” said Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Steve Peterson. “I
encourage producers to contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment to enroll.”
The producers on a farm that are not enrolled for the 2018 enrollment period will not be eligible for
financial assistance from the ARC or PLC programs for the 2018 crop should crop prices or farm
revenues fall below the historical price or revenue benchmarks established by the program. Producers
who made their elections in previous years must still enroll during the 2018 enrollment period.
“This week FSA is issuing approximately $850 million in rice payments,” said Peterson. “These
payments are part of the $8 billion in 2016 ARC and PLC payments that started in October to assist
enrolled producers who suffered a loss of revenue or price, or both. Over half a million producers will
receive ARC payments and over a quarter million producers will receive PLC payments for 2016 crops.”
The ARC and PLC programs were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and offer a safety net to agricultural
producers when there is a substantial drop in prices or revenues for covered commodities. 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 and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat.
Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity. For more details regarding these programs, go to
www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

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