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FSA Issues Another Update on Base Acres Reallocation

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July 30th, 2014

The FSA issued a release Notice ARCPLC-7 (issued on Wednesday July 30, 2014) on additional information regarding reallocation of base acres.  As previously discussed many times in this blog, each “farm” will have an option to update their base acres to reflect the average acres in production during the 2009 to 2012 crop years.  This […]

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Base Acre Reallocation Options Under the 2014 Farm Bill

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July 24th, 2014

FarmdocDaily just released today an analysis of the base acre reallocation options under the new farm bill.  The report gives a very good analysis of the base acres by the various major crops and the variances between base acres and planted acres for 2012.   Here are charts of the major crops by base acres and […]

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USDA Offers Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Affected by Fires

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July 23rd, 2014

Just north of where I live is burning a very large forest and range fire.  The latest numbers I saw showed close to 300,000 acres or about 400 square miles have been burnt and only about 20% of  the fire is contained.  The local USDA FSA office for Okanogan/Ferry Counties (which are two of the […]

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ACA Subsidies: One Court Strikes Down, Another Upholds

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July 22nd, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday morning that the insurance subsidies granted through the federally run health exchange, which covered 36 states for the first open enrollment period, are not allowed by the law.  Subsidies provided by state ran exchanges would still be allowed. The highly anticipated opinion in the […]

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Help on Updating Your Payment Yield

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July 13th, 2014

Farmdoc Daily released information on Friday on updating your farm payment yields.  These payment yields will be used in calculating any PLC payments and will not affect ARC calculations.  However, if the option to update yields will result in higher yields, it will usually pay to update the yield since future farm bills may refer […]

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ARC-IC Allows for Maximizing Flexibility (Perhaps)

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July 8th, 2014

Under the new farm bill, Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) has two elective components.  You can either elect county coverage on a covered crop by crop basis (ARC-CO) or elect to have ARC apply to all crops grown on your farm (ARC-IC).  If you elect county coverage, you will be paid on each covered crop’s base […]

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Trends in Irrigated Ground

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July 1st, 2014

I have seen numerous farmers with farm ground in normally non-irrigated areas of the corn belt put in irrigation over the last couple of years.  Based on this, I thought I would recap the trends shown in irrigated ground from the 2012 AG census In 1997, there were 15 states that had more than a […]

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Transition Period for LGM-Dairy to DMM is Announced by FSA

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June 26th, 2014

The 2014 farm bill now provides for a new Dairy Margin Management (DMM) program.  Dairy farmers have been able to take advantage of Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy (LGM-Dairy) under current crop insurance provisions.  However, the 2014 bill provides that a dairy farmer cannot take advantage of both programs to prevent “double-dipping”.  In addition, the LGM-Dairy insurance […]

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ARC-IC versus ARC-CO

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June 23rd, 2014

The FSA issued some regulations on the calculations of PLC and ARC late last month.  This notice provides a good overview of how the FSA will determine the payment calculations under PLC and ARC.  ARC is broken down into ARC at the County Level (ARC-CO) and ARC at the farm level (ARC-IC).  We had provided […]

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Dairy Margin Management Options

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June 18th, 2014

The new farm bill brought in an additional dairy margin management program that will be effective September 1, 2014 (perhaps later if FSA is not ready).  Dairy farmers currently have Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) Insurance under the crop insurance program.  It would be nice if dairy farmers could take advantage of both programs, however, the […]

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