(Posted Tue. Jun 16th, 2015)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's announcement that the vast majority of corn and soybean growers selected the Agriculture Risk Coverage program under the 2014 farm bill was hailed by the National Corn Growers Association as an endorsement of the organization's hard work to secure the program.
"NCGA was proud to be a leading advocate of the Ag Risk Coverage program," said NCGA President Chip Bowling. "Our grassroots leaders understand the value of a program to better protect growers against losses where revenue crop insurance falls short and that provides assistance when most needed."
Nationwide, USDA announced on Monday, 96 percent of soybean farms, 91 percent of corn farms, and 66 percent of wheat farms elected ARC. 99 percent of long grain rice farms, 99 percent of peanut farms, and 94 percent of medium grain rice farms elected the Price Loss Coverage Program. The announcement came as the USDA noted that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the ARC and PLC programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17 will end Sept. 30.
"A lot of work went into getting the Ag Risk Coverage program into law, and we thank Sens. Debbie Stabenow, John Thune, Sherrod Brown, Dick Durbin and former Sen. Dick Lugar for their efforts," Bowling said. "In addition, we appreciate the work of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Farm Service Agency to ensure a speedy and comprehensive implementation of this program."
For more information on the programs and enrollment, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.