Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs – two United States Department of Agriculture safety net programs – for the 2019 and 2020 crop year.
    ARC provides income support payments on historical base acres when actual crop revenue declines below a specified guaranteed level. PLC provides income support payments on historical base acres when the effective price for a covered commodity falls below its reference price. The 2018 farm bill reauthorized and updated both programs.
    Signup for the 2019 crop year closes March 15, 2020, while signup for the 2020 crop year closes June 30, 2020. Producers who have not yet enrolled for 2019 can enroll for both 2019 and 2020 during the same visit to a FSA county office.  
    ARC and PLC have options for the farm operator who is actively farming the land as well as the owner of the land. Farm owners also have a one-time opportunity to update PLC payment yields beginning with crop year 2020. If the farm owner and producer visit the FSA county office together, FSA can also update yield information during that visit.  
    Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpea, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentil, mustard seed, oat, peanut, dry pea, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium and short grain rice, safflower seed, seed cotton, sesame, soybean, sunflower seed and wheat.
    For more information on ARC and PLC, including two online decision tools that assist producers in making enrollment and election decisions specific to their operations, visit the ARC and PLC webpage at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/arcplc_program/index.
    When you know what program you want to elect, call your local office for an appointment so they can get you enrolled into the program. Do not wait until the last minute.
    Farm Service Agency is an Equal Opportunity Lender. Complaints about discrimination should be sent to: Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Visit the Farm Service Agency Web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov/ for necessary application forms and updates on USDA programs.