The USDA’s safety net programs are enrolling farmers for next year.
Nebraska producers received $645 million from Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2015 losses.
Dan Steinkruger, Farm Service Agency-Nebraska executive director, says farmers should call ahead to schedule an appointment to enroll.
“That allows us to get our file folders and paperwork prepared in advance to make the process a little less painless,” Steinkruger tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WNAX. “The other thing we ask them to do is if there’s any changes to ownership or they’ve rented new land or given up some land, then they bring in the information on that.”
This is the earliest enrollment for the ARC and PLC programs under the current farm bill, because Steinkruger says the last three years have been spent implementing the legislation.
He says farmers should call to schedule an appointment now to ensure things are set for next year and give them piece of mind.
“Under the ARC PLC programs, we continue to see a decrease in commodity prices and an overall decrease in revenue,” Steinkruger says.
Producers must sign up each year to be eligible for the payments through ARC and PLC.
The deadline to enroll is August 2017.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, contributed to this report.