LINCOLN, NE, March 20, 2015 — The final date to update yield history, reallocate base acres and elect the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) is Tuesday, March 31, 2015 noted FSA State Director, Dan Steinkruger. “Farmers and landowners need to have this completed or a scheduled appointment with FSA by the end of March.”

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Bill Programs Approach a Critical March 31, 2015 Deadline

Contact:
Dan Steinkruger, State Executive Director, at (402) 437-5581
or dan.steinkruger@ne.usda.gov
FSA Website: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/ne

LINCOLN, NE, March 20, 2015 — The final date to update yield history, reallocate base acres and elect the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) is Tuesday, March 31, 2015 noted FSA State Director, Dan Steinkruger. “Farmers and landowners need to have this completed or a scheduled appointment with FSA by the end of March.”

These new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill are critical for providing financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace.

If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by March 31, 2015, the farm's current yield and base will be used. A program choice of ARC or PLC coverage also must be made by March 31, 2015, or there will be no 2014 payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage through the 2018 crop year.

Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat.

Farmers and landowners who initiated the necessary paperwork prior to March 31 must return all documents with signatures by April 21st. Those with appointments in April will have until May 8, 2015 to submit all documents with the necessary signatures.

To learn more, farmers can contact their local Farm Service Agency county office. To find your local office visit http://offices.usda.gov.

The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

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