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Producers urged to work with county Farm Service Agency offices on program enrollment

Producers Urged to Work with County Farm Service Agency Offices Now on ARC/PLC Program Election and Enrollment

The Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is asking producers to work with their county FSA offices as soon as possible to finalize elections and enrollment for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2022 production season.

The program election and enrollment deadline is March 15, but county FSA offices need producer engagement immediately to ensure timely service for all. Producers who complete the process now will be allowed to make changes, if so desired, at any point ahead of the application deadline in March.

ARC and PLC are the main commodity crop safety net programs, providing support to help mitigate fluctuations in either revenue or prices for certain crops. Producers can elect coverage and enroll in ARC-CO or PLC, which are both crop-by-crop, or ARC-IC, which is for the entire farm. Although program 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 or has a change to producers or shares on the farm, it will be necessary to sign a new contract.

If an election is not submitted by the deadline of March 15, 2022, 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 farm.

Producers interested in an ARC/PLC program outlook for 2022 should visit fsa.usda.gov/ne and click on the link to the Center for Agricultural Profitability webinar under the first spotlight story.

 To learn more or schedule an ARC/PLC election and enrollment appointment, contact your county FSA office. To find contact information for the nearest office, visit farmers.gov/service-center-locator.