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    Commodity Safety Net Programs Enrollment Deadline is March 15

    Hail damaged soybeans. Photo: Wes Nelson, USDA-FSA

    USDA’s Farm Service Agency reminds growers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2022 crop year have until March 15, 2022, to sign a contract.

    Producers who do not complete enrollment by the deadline will not be enrolled in ARC or PLC for the 2022 crop year and will not receive a payment if triggered.

    Producers can elect coverage and enroll in ARC-County or PLC, which are both crop-by-crop, or ARC-Individual, which is for the entire farm.

    Although election changes for 2022 are optional, producers must enroll through a signed contract each year. Also, 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.

    If an election is not submitted by the March 15, 2022, deadline, the election remains the same as the 2021 election for crops on the farm.  Farm owners cannot enroll in either program unless they have a share interest in the crop.

    Producers are eligible to enroll farms with base acres for the following commodities:  barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium and short grain rice, safflower seed, seed cotton, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed, and wheat.

    Decision Tools

    In partnership with USDA, two web-based decision tools are available to assist producers in making informed, educated decisions using crop data specific to their respective farming operations:

    • Gardner-farmdoc Payment Calculator is an online tool available through the University of Illinois that allows producers to estimate payments for farms and counties for ARC-CO and PLC.
    • ARC and PLC Decision Tool is an online tool available through Texas A&M that allows producers to estimate payments and yield updates and expected payments for 2022.

    Crop Insurance Considerations and Decision Deadline

    ARC and PLC are part of a broader safety net provided by USDA, which also includes crop insurance and marketing assistance loans.

    Producers are reminded that ARC and PLC elections and enrollments can impact eligibility for some crop insurance products.

    Producers on farms with a PLC election have the option of purchasing Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) through their Approved Insurance Provider; however, producers on farms where ARC is the election are ineligible for SCO on their planted acres for that crop on that farm.

    Unlike SCO, the Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) is unaffected by an ARC election.  Producers may add ECO regardless of the farm program election.

    STAX Coverage for Cotton

    Upland cotton farmers who choose to enroll seed cotton base acres in ARC or PLC are ineligible for the stacked income protection plan (STAX) on their planted cotton acres for that farm.

    Producers should contact their crop insurance agent to make certain that the election and enrollment made at FSA, follow their intention to participate in STAX or SCO coverage. Producers have until March 15, 2022, to make the appropriate changes or cancel their ARC or PLC contract.  However, the deadline to purchase STAX or SCO coverage is February 28. 

    Additional Information

    For more information on ARC and PLC, producers can visit the ARC and PLC webpage or contact their local USDA Service Center.

    Because of the pandemic, some USDA Service Centers are open to limited visitors.   In those service centers where COVID cases exceed safety levels, staff continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email and other digital tools.




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