South Carolina Farm Service Agency Important News and Updates

August 2015

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South Carolina FSA August Newsletter


South Carolina
Farm Service Agency

1927 Thurmond Mall,
Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803.806.3820

www.fsa.usda.gov/sc

State Committee:
Robert Battle, Chairperson
Warren Dixon
Mary Frances Koon
Don Sharp
Tom Trantham

State Executive Director
Harry Ott

Administrative Officer
Toni Turner

Farm Programs Chief
Amy Turner

Farm Loan Programs Chief
Frank Sligh

Producers can contact their local FSA Office for more information or to schedule an appointment.

USDA Opens Enrollment Period for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Safety-Net Programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period began June 17, 2015, and will end Sept. 30, 2015.

The new programs, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, trigger financial protections for agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. More than 1.76 million farmers have elected ARC or PLC. Previously, 1.7 million producers had enrolled to receive direct payments (the program replaced with ARC and PLC by the 2014 Farm Bill). This means more farms have elected ARC or PLC than previously enrolled under previously administered programs.

Nationwide, 96 percent of soybean farms, 91 percent of corn farms, and 66 percent of wheat farms elected ARC. 99 percent of long grain rice farms, 99 percent of peanut farms, and 94 percent of medium grain rice farms elected PLC.  For data about other crops and state-by-state program election results go to www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.