FSA begins sending ARC/PLC payments
The Farm Service Agency has begun sending out payments to farmers for the 2015 crop year. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini tells Brownfield, “I’m pleased to announce that USDA will be making about $7-Billion-dollars in payments under the ARC and PLC programs to assist family farms all across the country,” starting today.
He says more money is going out to farmers than last year, “We’re about 50% more than the 2014 crop year and that means we are paying more farmers and more counties around the country. Certainly, corn and soybeans and wheat all had very high levels of payment activity.”
Dolcini says farms enrolled in ARC have suffered $27-Billion in revenue losses in the last year or so. He admits the ARC and PLC payments won’t make farmers “whole” but says assistance from Congress on the loan side and USDA assistance in other ways will also help. Funding from the recently passed continuing resolution, Dolcini says, will take care of the FSA loan backlog.
Audio: Interview with Val Dolcini – payments
AUDIO: Interview with Val Dolcini- farm loans
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