Farm Bill

Reminder: ARC/PLC 2020 Signup Deadline Approaching

By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group 

In the midst of a pandemic, the USDA is continuing to remind producers that 2020 enrollment for the ARC and PLC farm bill safety net programs is open now. Growers must enroll for 2020 by June 30. Growers are also reminded that they must make their one-time update to PLC payment yields by September 30. 

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Important Deadline coming for ARC and PLC Programs

Important Deadline coming for ARC and PLC Programs

By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group 

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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Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Now Open for Enrollment

Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Now Open for Enrollment

By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group 

The USDA has announced signup for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Program and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Program covering the 2019 and 2020 crop years. Updated by the 2018 Farm Bill, these revised safety net programs allow California rice growers to enroll and elect coverage in crop-by-crop ARC-County or PLC, or ARC-individual for the entire farm, for program year 2019. This election will apply for the 2019 and 2020 crop years.

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Farm Bill deal reached

Farm Bill deal reached

By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group

A tentative agreement has been reached by the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees on a fresh rewrite of food and agriculture law in a new Farm Bill. Pending a new cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and finalizing the legislative text of the agreement, the new Farm Bill could be approved by the House and Senate as soon as next week. READ MORE

Farm Bill Stuck until Lame Duck

Farm Bill Stuck until Lame Duck

By Tyson Redpath, the Russell Group

A finished farm bill is still a way off as Congress has left Washington to run for election on November 6. When it returns, a month and a half is the entirety of time left before a December 31 deadline forces all sides to an agreement on a new bill or the extension of current law. READ MORE

Senate approves new Farm Bill

Senate approves new Farm Bill

By Tyson Redpath, the Russell Group

Last evening, the U.S. Senate approved a new Farm Bill by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority of 86-11. Both Senators Feinstein and Harris voted in favor of the legislation. The Senate and House must now negotiate a final bill mending policy difference in the Commodity and Conservation sections as well as deep partisan differences over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the Food Stamp program). READ MORE