Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
“Established by the 2014 Farm Bill, these programs provide financial protection for growers when the market causes a substantial drop in crop prices or revenues,” said Dr. Henry English, head of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Some commodities covered by ARC and PLC include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, grain sorghum, mustard seed, oats, dry peas, rice, soybeans, sunflower seeds and wheat. Nationwide, 96 percent of soybean farms, 91 percent or corn farms and 66 percent of wheat farms elected to participate in ARC.
To enroll, sign up at your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. Dr. English advises making an appointment to avoid a wait time and reminds producers they can take care of both crop certification and enrollment at the same time.
If you have any questions about ARC or PLC, contact your local FSA office.