It’s gonna be a busy winter

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From deciding whether the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program or the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program is the right program for their farm, to making sure they have the right crop insurance coverage, it’s going to be a busy winter for farmers. Jason Alexander, V.P. of Crop Insurance at Farm Credit Mid-America says to help farmers wade… Read more »

It’s gonna be a busy winter

From deciding whether the Price Loss Coverage program or the Agricultural Risk Coverage program is the right program for their farm, to making sure they have the right crop insurance coverage, it’s going to be a busy winter for farmers. Jason Alexander, V.P. of Crop Insurance at Farm Credit Mid-America says to help farmers wade… Read more »

FAPRI-MU has farm program tool, too

Farmers have options when choosing online tools to help them decide which commodity program they’ll sign up with.  The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri has developed a tool with Texas A&M University. Peter Zimmel, FAPRI-MU program director, says ease of use was at the top of the list… “With… Read more »

Online tool for Farm Bill programs

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Jonathan Coppess, with the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois says an online tool developed to help farmers make decisions between the ARC and PLC programs in the Commodity Title of the Farm Bill allows farmers to go through the decision making steps and enter different scenarios on their time…. Read more »

Yield history updated, base acres reallocated beginning Monday

Beginning Monday, farm owners are able visit Farm Service Agency offices if they want to update their yield history or reallocate base acres.  Most farm owners and producers received letters this summer to help them analyze crop planting history in order to decide whether to keep their base acres or reallocate them according to recent… Read more »

FarmDoc’s Farm Bill Tool Box explained

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Farmers are encouraged to check out the online tools developed for them to help choose between the ARC and PLC programs in the Commodity Title of the Farm Bill. The University of Illinois has built one of those tools — “The Farm Bill Toolbox, part of the FarmDoc site here at the University of Illinois… Read more »

Vilsack: ARC and PLC more defensible than direct payments

The federal farm programs known as Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage (ARC-PLC) are more defensible than the federal direct farm payments that they replace, according to Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  It’s hard to explain to people outside of agriculture why farmers receive payments when prices are at record highs, said Secretary… Read more »

Vilsack unveils risk management programs

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday officially unveiled the Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs to help farmers manage risk. “I think it’s a recognition that there’s significant risk in farming,” said Secretary Vilsack, during a conference call to reporters Thursday, “not just from weather related circumstances, but also precipitous drops in crop… Read more »

Making sure the Farm Bill is working

As Farm Bill program details are rolled out and details become clearer, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown wants to know what’s working and what’s not. Brown, a member of the Senator Agriculture Committee understands tweaks may be needed. “Any time you do something as major as a multi-billion dollar Farm Bill you will still need to… Read more »

Making Farm Bill decisions

The decisions farmers will be making when sign-up begins for programs in the new Farm Bill will be important decisions. So where should a farmer be in the process right now? Dr. Carl Zulauf in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State University says thinking about base acres and base yields… Read more »