Farm Bill

Updated Information now available for Farm Bill Decision Tool

Growers will need to decide which Farm Bill safety-net program to participate in for 2019 and 2020. We have just updated the decision tool from attorney Tim Kelleher that should simplify the process. 

There are placeholders for name, county, PLC yield, estimated prices and yields on the input page (Input Tab).  Each grower will need to overwrite these placeholders with their own information and estimates of price and yield.

First, make your best estimate of 2019 and 2020 prices, including CCC loan. Remember, this is the average state price for medium/short grain rice.  Next, make your best estimate of how low the price might go.  This will tell you if there’s a possibility of a payment under the PLC program.

Next, look at your county yield history, then make your best estimate of expected yield and a possible low yield.  There are a variety of yield and price combinations to find the best fit for your operation. 

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Important Deadline coming for ARC and PLC Programs

Important Deadline coming for ARC and PLC Programs

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to enroll now in the Agriculture Risk (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. March 15 is the enrollment deadline for the 2019 crop year.  Until March 15, producers who have not yet enrolled in ARC or PLC for 2019 can enroll for both 2019 and 2020 during the same visit to an FSA county office unless yield updates are requested. Additionally, farm owners have a one-time opportunity to update PLC payment yields that take effect beginning with crop year 2020. If the owner accompanies the producer to the office, the yield update and enrollments may be completed during the same office visit. 

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By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group 

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