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Deadline nears for producers to enroll in ag risk program 

WASHINGTON - Agricultural producers who have not yet completed their 2019 crop year elections for and enrollment in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs have until Monday, March 16.

“To date, more than 1.4 million contracts have been signed for the 2019 crop year. This represents 89% of expected enrollment with less than a week left for producers to get on FSA’s appointment books,” FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said in a statement. “If you’ve not completed your elections or enrollment, the clock is ticking, and your program eligibility is at stake; so please call FSA today and request an appointment.”

Producers who do not contact FSA for an appointment by close of business local time on March 16 will not be enrolled in ARC or PLC for the 2019 crop year,  according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and will be ineligible to receive a payment should one trigger for an eligible crop.

ARC and PLC provide income support to farmers from substantial drops in crop prices or revenues and are vital economic safety nets for most American farms.

The programs cover the following commodities: 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. 

For more information about ARC and PLC, see the program fact sheet or 2014-2018 farm bills comparison fact sheet. To find location for the nearest FSA office: