News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) opened enrollment for its Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2021 crop year. These programs help agricultural producers overcome changes in revenue and prices for certain crops. Last year, the programs distributed over $5 billion in payments to farmers and agricultural producers.

The deadline for ARC and PLC program applications is March 15, 2021. To sign up for the ARC or PLC programs, you must visit your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. You can find the nearest FSA office through USDA’s service center locator tool here. All USDA Service Centers are open; however, visitors wishing to meet in person can only do so by appointment and must call ahead for scheduling purposes. Visitors must wear a face mask and will be pre-screened.

ARC gives income support payments on historical base acres when crop revenue declines to a certain guaranteed level, while PLC provides these payments when the price for a covered commodity falls below its reference price. Covered items include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long-grain rice, medium and short-grain rice, safflower seed, seed cotton, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed, and wheat.

To help producers make informed decisions when deciding between PLC and ARC, USDA partnered with the University of Illinois and Texas A&M University to develop web-based decision tools. You can access the University of Illinois’ Gardner-farmdoc Payment Calculator here to run payment estimate models. This tool helps producers analyze payment yield updates and expected payments for 2021.

If you would like to view additional information, including program data and FAQs, please visit USDA’s ARC and PLC Program webpage here.

Please know that my team and I stand ready to assist our community during this time of need. For resources to help you and your family navigate through COVID-19, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our offices via the phone numbers below.

Sincerely,

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