USDA Michigan Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director, Troy Nichols, announced that approximately 48,600 Michigan farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2016 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns.

USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Michigan Farmers

(EAST LANSING, Mich.) Oct. 20, 2017 – USDA Michigan Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director, Troy Nichols, announced that approximately 48,600 Michigan farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2016 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns.

“These safety-net programs provide help when price and revenue fall below normal,” said Nichols. “Payments to corn, wheat, soybean, canola, dry peas, grain sorghum and oats producers are helping provide reassurance to our Michigan farm families who are standing strong against low commodity prices compounded by unfavorable growing conditions.”

Producers in 83 Michigan counties have experienced a significant drop in prices or revenues below the benchmark established by the ARC or PLC program and thus, will receive payments totaling $147.6 million. Payments related to corn and soybeans made up much of those payments. There were also payments for wheat, canola, dry peas, grain sorghum and oats. Cash flow from these payments is particularly helpful to farmers and ranchers in counties impacted by natural disasters.

“Payments by county for an eligible commodity can vary because average county yields will differ,” said Nichols.

Statewide, over 47,200 farms participated in ARC-County and nearly 1,400 farms participated in PLC. More details on the price and yield information used to calculate the financing assistance from the safety-net programs is available on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc and www.fsa.usda.gov/mi..

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