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Farmers can apply for ARC and PLC through March 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for ARC and PLC enrollment through March 15, 2022.

The FSA in Minnesota is holding a public Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) webinar with University of Minnesota Extension at 2 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2022. Farmers and others involved in agriculture will have an opportunity to learn more about the ARC/PLC programs and factors to consider when making elections for the 2022 crop year. 

The webinar will highlight program information and review coverage options. Register to join the Jan. 26, 2 p.m. webinar.

The ARC and PLC programs provide financial protections to farmers from substantial drops in crop prices or revenues and are vital economic safety-nets for most American farms. Producers can elect coverage and enroll in crop-by-crop ARC-County or PLC, or ARC-Individual for the entire farm, for the 2022 crop year. Although election changes for 2022 are optional, enrollment (signed contract) is required for each year of the program. If a producer has a multi-year contract on the farm and makes an election change for 2022, it will be necessary to sign a new contract. 

ARC and PLC are not available for all agricultural crops grown in Minnesota. Only covered commodities with established base acres are eligible for participation in ARC and PLC sign-up. The 22 covered commodities nationwide include wheat, oats, barley, corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, sunflower seed, rapeseed, canola, safflower, flaxseed, mustard seed, crambe, sesame seed, seed cotton, dry peas, lentils, small chickpeas, large chickpeas, and peanuts. Farm Service Agency recognizes 13 covered commodities in Minnesota. UMN Extension’s Farm Bill educational analysis focuses on corn, soybean and wheat pricing and sign-up decisions. 

People with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact Daniel Mahoney at 651-602-7710, Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, or daniel.mahoney@usda.gov by Jan. 20, 2022.

Some USDA Service Centers are open to limited visitors, but most are helping producers online. Producers should contact their Service Center to set up an in-person or phone appointment. More information related to USDA’s response and relief for producers can be found atfarmers.gov/coronavirus.

To learn more about ARC/PLC visit fsa.usda.gov or contact your local USDA Service Center.

Questions or comments about the upcoming webinar can be directed to Extension educator Megan Roberts at meganr@umn.edu.

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