Ag Policy

How ARC-IC Pays on “Planted Acres”

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October 28th, 2014

We got the following question from a reader: “I enjoyed your article regarding ARC-IC calculations.  I’m wondering if you could further explain how ARC-IC is paid on planted acres vs. base acres.  Everything that I have read states that ARC-CO & ARC-IC are paid on 85% and 65% of Base Acres and that planted acres […]

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ARC-IC Calculations Apply to All Elected Farms in the State

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October 23rd, 2014

Most producers who elect ARC will do at the County level (ARC-CO).  However, many producers with yields substantially in excess of county levels will elect ARC at the Individual Crop level (ARC-IC).  All of these elections are on a farm-by-farm basis and on a covered crop-by-covered crop basis except ARC-IC which requires all covered crops […]

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If You Want Crop Insurance Subsidies, Be In Conservation Compliance

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October 22nd, 2014

For farmers to continue to receive premium subsidies for crop insurance, they must be in conservation compliance with the local FSA office.  In order to be in compliance, the producer must file form AD-1026 with the FSA.  If you already participate in any of the farm programs, you are in compliance. However, if you have never […]

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Base Reallocation Q & A

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October 19th, 2014

We have gotten numerous questions regarding the base reallocation election available to owners and we are summarizing these in a Q & A format: Q. Can I increase my base acres? A. No. You cannot increase or decrease your base acres.  Those total acres are set; however, you are allowed to reallocate those acres from […]

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Estimated Acre Payments for 2013 Crop Year

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October 3rd, 2014

The old farm bill provided an option for producers called ACRE (Average Crop Revenue Election).  The option, at that time, was a little bit complicated and required a reduction in other payments to participate.  However, the payment amounts per acre were very substantial in certain years for various crops. FarmDOC Daily just issued a report […]

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Key Dates for Farm Programs

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September 30th, 2014

The FSA has posted on their website the updated key dates for ARC and PLC sign up as follows: The reallocation of base acres and updating of payment yields (for PLC) started yesterday (September 29, 2014) and will extend until February 27, 2015.  Although the option to update payment yields is strictly for PLC election, […]

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Another Strike Against PLC

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September 19th, 2014

One of the arguments for using PLC instead of ARC is that PLC has unlimited payments (until you hit the overall payment limit of $125,000 per individual).  However, one of the drawbacks to using PLC is your payment yield will not likely reflect your actual yields for 2014-2018.  The payment yield for PLC purposes is […]

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Clarification on September 26 Date

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September 16th, 2014

In my post yesterday, I indicated that you need to update your farm structure by next Friday September 26, 2014 to ensure that your ARC or PLC decision for this year would be the one you wanted, not necessarily the one you got stuck with.  We have gotten a few questions on this and after […]

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Update Your “Farms” by Sepember 26

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September 15th, 2014

I previously wrote on this subject recently, but want to reinforce that you need to take action before September 26, 2014 in order to make sure you do not end up losing any PLC/ARC benefits for this year.  The election for ARC or PLC is done on a farm-by-farm basis which includes the operator (the […]

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Dairy Margin Protection Program Update

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September 14th, 2014

I spent Friday in Denver (I found wearing shorts to Denver this time of year may not be a good idea since it was “cold”) getting training on the new Dairy Margin Protection program.  The various state universities involved in the online tools development have done a very good job of providing good information that […]

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