ARC, PLC election deadline is March 16

One of the most important business decisions farmers will make for their farming operation this year is whether to use the  Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage farm bill programs. According to Ohio Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Leonard Hubert, failing to sign up could be costly.

“If producers aren’t signed up for ARC or PLC by the March 16 deadline, they will not receive a 2019 payment and their 2020 election will default to the prior farm bill election,” Hubert said. “These programs serve as important safety nets for Ohio farmers because they can offer economic protections from major drops in crop prices or revenues.”

Farmers who are still unsure about the choice of ARC or PLC can make use of online decision tools from FSA  and Ohio State to help them determine the best program election for their farming operation.

Ohio FSA offices will be seeing a higher volume of traffic as the sign-up deadline quickly approaches, so Hubert recommends farmers make an appointment to make their elections.

“With just under half of the 89,000 producers eligible for ARC or PLC in Ohio, we expect to be busy over the next two weeks,” Hubert said. “We are asking that you do not delay in making an appointment by calling your FSA county office today and if you already have an appointment, please do your best to keep it.”