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USDA sending acreage history, yield reports to help producers prepare for New Farm Bill programs

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Data will help farmers select the coverage options that will fit their needs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces that farmers should start receiving notices updating them on their current base acres, yields and 2009-2012 planting history. The written updates are an important part of preparing agricultural producers for the new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill.
 Verifying the accuracy of data on a farm’s acreage history is an important step for producers enrolling in the upcoming Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program.
 By mid-winter all producers on a farm will be required to make a one-time, unanimous and irrevocable election between price protection and county revenue protection or individual revenue protection for 2014-2018 crop years. Producers can expect to sign contracts for ARC or PLC for the 2014 and 2015 crop years in early 2015.
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 (includes short grain rice and temperate japonica rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed, and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.
August 2014: Producers receive letters notifying them of current bases and yields and 2009 to 2012 planting history.
Late Summer 2014: ARC and PLC online tools become available. Owners have opportunity to update yields and reallocate bases for ARC/PLC purposes.
Winter 2014: ARC/PLC one-time elections occur.
Early 2015: ARC/PLC sign-up for 2014 and 2015 starts.
Visit www.fsa.usda.gov or the FSA office at 103 Rodgers Park Drive, 859-234-2646, for information about FSA and the 2014 Farm Bill programs.