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Ag Policy Blog: USDA Issuing ARC-PLC Checks for 2020 as Enrollment for 2022 Continues

Chris Clayton
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While payout for ARC and PLC continues for last year's crop, enrollment for the programs in 2022 also began last month as well. (DTN file photo)

USDA announced the department is issuing $1.8 billion in payments to producers through Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for the 2020 crop year.

ARC and PLC always pay out after the crop marketing year ends.

Along with that, the Farm Service Agency is encouraging producers to reach out to their local USDA Service Centers to make changes to their elections and enroll for ARC or PLC for 2022 crops. Changes of enrollment are optional, but producers must sign a new contract each year. The enrollment period began Oct. 18 and will run through March 15, 2022.

Producers have more than 1.8 million contracts in ARC and PLC, with more than 251 million base acres enrolled in the program. While 23 commodities are eligible for ARC or PLC, nearly 84% of the base acres are corn, soybeans or wheat acres.

USDA numbers show ARC-County had low enrollment in 2020 with just 17.8 million corn acres, or about 18.8% of corn base acres enrolled in ARC-County. Instead, producers had nearly 71.4 million acres, or 75.3% of base acres, enrolled in Price Loss Coverage instead.

Soybeans had 42.5 million acres in ARC-County in 2020, or 79.6% of soybean base acres.

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