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March 27, 2015

USDA Office of Communications
(202) 720-4623

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a deadline extension to April 7 for farmers selecting Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the farm bill. April 7 is also the final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres.

"This is an important decision for producers because these programs help farmers and ranchers protect their operations from unexpected changes in the marketplace," said Vilsack. "Nearly 98 percent of owners have already updated their yield and base acres, and 90 percent of producers have enrolled in ARC or PLC. These numbers are strong, and continue to rise. This additional week will give producers a little more time to have those final conversations, review data, visit local Farm Service Agency offices, and make decisions."

If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by the deadline, the farm's current yield and base acres will be used. If a program choice of ARC or PLC is not made, there will be no 2014 crop year payments for the farm, and the farm will default to PLC coverage for 2015-2018 crop years. Farmers who have an appointment at local FSA offices scheduled by April 7 will be able to make an election between ARC and PLC, even if the appointment is after April 7.

These safety-net programs provide important financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace. Online tools are available at online and allow producers to explore how ARC or PLC will affect their farms.

Commodities covered under ARC and PLC include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice, safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

Farmers need to contact FSA by April 7. To find local offices, visit

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