USDA Crop Payment Subsidies Issued to Farmers Nationwide

USDA Announces $4 Billion in Safety-Net Payments to Farmers Amid Commodity Market Downside

Starting October 28, 2015, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin making payments to farmers to cover losses from the 2014 crop year. Approximately one-half of farmers with covered commodities such as corn, soybeans and variety of other crops will start to receive payments as part of the 2014 Farm Bill program.

For the first time, farmers, under the current Farm Bill only recieve payments when markets or poor crop years occur. The old direct payment program triggered payments regardless of the quality of the crop or price, the new program called ARC or PLC triggers a government payment only when commodity markets or severe weather cause unexpected or sustained drops in the price per bushel or farm revenues.

For complete details from the USDA, including a FAQ section, visit :

ARC & PLC Enrollment Starts Today

It’s Official, today, June 17, 2015 the USDA Enrollment Period for Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Safety-Net Programs begin!

According to the USDA  more than 1.76 million farmers and producers have elected ARC or PLC. Prior to the current farm bill, approximately 1.7 million farmers and producers had enrolled to receive direct payments from the USDA. The new ARC vs. PLC debate quickly occurred as farmers learned new rules, requirements and had to make decisions based on their own landowner status and crop history.

Additionally the USDA stated in a press release that nationwide, 96 percent of soybean farms, 91 percent of corn farms elected the ARC program.

The enrollment for ARC vs. PLC begins June 17, 2015, and will end September 30, 2015.

If you own farmland in Indiana, read our report and information provided by Dr. Chris Hurt from Purdue University here >

Yield History & Base Acres Deadlines Quickly Approach

Yield History Updates and Base Acre Reallocation are nearly upon us. February 27, 2015 marks the final day that producers can update this information at the local county Farm Service Agency (FSA).

February 27, UPDATE – Deadline Extended to March 31 , ANOTHER UPDATE, DEADLINE APRIL 7, 2015 is the latest Deadline for Yield History & Base Acre Reallocation

Whether you have decided to go down the path of ARC or PLC, the revamped farm bill safety net payments require decisions to be made in some capacity.

We’ve reported on renowned Ag economist Dr. Chris Hurt and his suggestions on ARC vs. PLC here, and encourage all farmers, producers and landowners to seek the advice of the FSA agency in your county. The ability to update yields hasn’t been possible for over 10 years and this is a great opportunity to do so if they are higher.

REMEMBER, if you do not update your yields by APRIL 7th MARCH 31st Febrary 27, 2015 , your farm’s current yield and base acres will be used.

By March 31st, ff you do no select an ARC or PLC program then here will be no 2014 payments for that farm

ADDITIONALLY, your farm will default to PLC (Price Loss Coverage) program through 2018. 

Seek the advice of your local FSA Agent and the resources available to you through the USDA and the various calculators available online.

Center Pivot Irrigation Earns You CRP Dollars

Farmers and landowners in Indiana with center pivot irrigation are eligible to enroll in the CRP / Conservation Reserve Program’s “Habitat for Upland Birds” practice, says the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. As margins tighten for farmers, “Pivot Corners” are a very attractive way to earn annual CRP payments. Ideal for creating pheasant and bobwhite quail habitat, this is a great opportunity for landowners to become more profitable while implementing a “habitat buffer” conservation practice that has great benefit.

Known as CP 33 or Conservation Practice 33, the goal and purpose of a irrigation system pivot corner CRP program is to restore habitat for bobwhite quail, pheasants and other wildlife. These habitat buffers create vital habitat for gamebirds to eat insects, nest and brood (lay eggs in the spring).
Landowners in Indiana counties can take advantage of this new USDA policy and realize profitable benefits to farm land with patches that are beyond the reach of center pivot irrigation systems. Pivot corners do not need to be connected by a linear strip of grassland to be eligible.
“This is a win-win for local farmers,” said Johnny Klemme, Farmland Broker and CRP Habitat Consultant. “With the increase in center pivot irrigation in Tippecanoe, Benton and Warren county Indiana, this is a great way for farmers who are feeling a margin squeeze to increase profits while providing vital habitat to the local bird population.”
Farmers and landowners can enroll irrigation system pivot corners in the CP 33 program any time in 2015. Participants and land must meet certain eligibility requirements. For exact details, contact your local  NRCS County office, Farm Service Agency (FSA) or District Conservationist in Indiana
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