The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced signup is underway for the PLC and ARC Program election. The FSA offices administer the program signup and have announced the signup deadline is March 15, 2020, for crop years 2019 and 2020. Many farmers may have questions regarding which program will function best for their farm.
“There are differences in the two elections that farmers should be aware of,” said Paul Mitchell, UW-Madison ag and applied economics professor and Extension specialist. “ARC will depend on county yields and national prices, while PLC will offer a price floor at the national level, $3.70 for corn, $8.40 for soybeans.”
To learn more about the ARC/PLC program visit: https://aae.wisc.edu/pdmitchell/extension/arc-plc-signup/ and https://renk.aae.wisc.edu/2020/01/09/sign-up-now-for-arc-or-plc-recommendations-for-wisconsin-farmers/
Mitchell has assembled a wealth of information to guide farmers through the decision making process. Plan to block out some time to review the materials on the website.
This year, farmers may want to also examine Individual ARC (ARC-IC), as it may make sense for them on some of their FSA farms. In addition to electing a program, farmers will also be able to update their yield information for the program. Farmers will need to connect their FSA office to complete the necessary documents.
- Overview of 2018 Farm Bill PLC and ARC programs
- PLC/ARC election considerations
Contact Joe Zimbric, Extension Crops & Soils Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re planning to attend.