USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Paul Shubeck announced today that Hand/Hyde Counties have been selected to participate in a special Agriculture Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) pilot program. The program will issue payments to eligible producers in Hand and Hyde counties who suffered losses of certain commodities. Producers do not need to enroll in the program.
Congress authorized $5 million for FSA to implement a pilot program to reduce yield disparities between similar adjacent counties. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue selected states primarily affected by recent disasters, and FSA state offices identified the counties and the crops: Wheat. Counties selected for payment have significant 2016 yield differences compared to similar neighboring counties.
The ARC and PLC programs were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and offer a safety net to agricultural producers when there is a substantial drop in prices or revenues for covered commodities. Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity. For more details regarding these programs, go to www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.