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Monday, September 14, 2015

Farm Program Enrollment - One Last Step

Many commodity producers thought they were done with their Farm Program signup tasks this past spring. At that time, farm operators elected either ARC or PLC for their farm commodity program on eligible farm acres. This program election process selected which program farmland was placed in for the entire 5 years of current Farm Bill.

There is one more important step that needs to be completed though by producers! Producers must enroll farmland acres in the originally elected program by September 30, 2015. This enrollment is for both the 2014 and 2015 crop years. This final step includes signing the ARC/PLC contract form, which is CCC-861 or CCC-862 at the FSA office. If this last step is not completed, then farm program payments for both of these years will not be made on affected acres – even if program payments have been earned. (Each crop year going forward, the same election process will need to be completed.)

At this time it is very important for producers to contact their local FSA office and schedule an appointment to complete the ARC/PLC enrollment. Again, this needs to be done prior to September 30th. Program payments are very likely for producers this year – especially those that have elected ARC-CO. Producers don’t want miss this important final step of the process with FSA and risk forgoing the program payment dollars on their farm.

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