Colorado producers will be able to learn the details of two key programs in the 2014 Farm Bill at a series of meetings to be held by the Colorado Farm Service Agency and sponsored by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Farmers Union Service Association, county Farmers Union chapters, and local agents.
Farmers will be able to make a choice between Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). This will be a one-time decision that will affect them through the length of the Farm Bill. Both programs are intended to help farmers manage the ups and downs of unpredictable weather and commodity price fluctuations.
ARC, a revenue program that covers price and yield losses, gives farmers a choice between county-level coverage (ARC-CO) and individual-level farm coverage (ARC-IC). PLC, a target-price program, makes payments when the national average of commodity crop prices drop below a specific reference price set in the farm bill.
Producers will have through early spring of 2015 to select which program works best for their businesses.
To help farmers choose between ARC and PLC, USDA helped create online tools that allow farmers to enter information about their operation and see projections about what each program will mean for them under possible future scenarios. The new tools are now available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc. USDA provided $3 million to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri and the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M, along with the University of Illinois, to develop the new programs.
Producers will be required to make a number of choices in the months ahead. Decisions around updating base acres, reallocating existing base acres, and program elections will need to be made. These decisions will take a great deal of reflection, and producers will need to evaluate their strategic goals on a given FSA farm. Producers can utilize online web-based decision tools developed by USDA to help make the program selections that best fit their operation.
Farm Bill meeting schedule
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
• Sterling, 8-11 a.m. at the Northeastern Junior College, Hay Student Center Ballroom
• Burlington, 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 340 S. 14th St.
Wednesday, November, 19, 2014
Lamar, 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community College Auditorium, 2401 Main Street, Lamar
Limon, 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Community Building, 477 D Avenue
The following meetings are being finalized. Mark your calendars now. More details will be available shortly.
• Monday, December 15 in Delta at the Delta County Courthouse at 6:00 PM.
• Tuesday, December 16:
- In Grand Junction at the Grand Vista Hotel at 9:00 AM
- In Craig at the Moffat County Extension at 6:00 PM
- In Cortez at the Lewis Arriola Community Center at 6:00 PM
- In Brighton at the Adams County Fair Grounds at 1:00 PM
- In Greeley at the Island Grove Park at 6:00 PM
- In Springfield at the Baca County Fairgrounds at 1:00 PM
• Wednesday, December 17:
- In Durango at the La Plata County Extension Office at 9:00 AM
- In Rocky Ford at the Otero County Fairgrounds at 9:00 AM
• Thursday, December 18:
- In Yuma at the Yuma County Fair Grounds at 1:00 PM
- In Monte Vista at the Monte Vista Coop at 9:00 AM
- In Pueblo at the State Fairgrounds at 9:00 AM
For the latest on 2014 Farm Bill programs administered by FSA, please visit the Farm Bill website at www.fsa.usda.gov/farmbill and for an FSA program overview please read, download and/or print our recently posted FSA Farm Bill Fact Sheet titled, What’s in the 2014 Farm Bill for Farm Service Agency Customers?
Resources for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers, please visit website at http://www.usda.gov/small-midsized-farmer-resources.xml