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Enroll now in USDA farm programs before deadline

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Agricultural producers are in the final stretch to enroll in the USDA's Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2024 crop year, with a looming deadline of March 15, 2024. These key safety net programs, overseen by the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), aim to provide indispensable income support to farmers confronting significant price or revenue downturns. 

In New York, progress is evident, with 74% of the anticipated contracts already finalized, demonstrating the agricultural community's active participation. Jim Barber, FSA's State Executive Director in New York, emphasizes the programs' role in mitigating market uncertainties at no additional cost to the producer. He encourages farmers to make their program elections soon to avoid missing out on this critical support. 

Farmers can elect coverage under ARC-County or PLC for specific crops, or ARC-Individual for comprehensive farm protection. While changing elections for 2024 is not mandatory, signing an annual contract is essential for receiving program benefits. Failure to enroll by the deadline disqualifies producers from receiving payments for the 2024 crop year. 

The programs cover a broad array of commodities, from grains to oilseeds, ensuring a wide impact across the agricultural sector. Producers are also advised to consider how enrollment affects eligibility for various crop insurance options, with tools available to assist in making the best decision for their operations. 

This initiative is part of the USDA's commitment, under the current administration, to fostering a more resilient and equitable agricultural sector, emphasizing local and regional food systems, fair markets, and climate-smart practices.


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