USDA safety net program sign-up ends soon

Published 12:25 pm Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Charlotte/Lunenburg Farm Service Agency wants to remind farmers to enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2017. The enrollment period will end Aug. 1, 2017. Although the choice between ARC and PLC is completed and remains in effect through 2018, producers must still enroll their farm by signing a contract each year to receive coverage.

Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment to enroll. If a farm is not enrolled during the 2017 enrollment period, producers on that farm will not be eligible for financial assistance from the ARC or PLC programs should crop prices or farm revenues fall below the historical price or revenue benchmarks established by the program.

The two programs were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and offer a safety net to agricultural producers when there is a substantial drop in prices or revenues for covered commodities. Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity. For more details regarding these programs, go to

Farmers are encouraged to call the office to schedule an appointment for enrollment. To schedule your appointment, or for more information, please contact the FSA office at (434) 542-5121.