From the USDA:
The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that
beginning Monday, Oct. 26, nearly one half of the 1.7 million farms that signed up
for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage
(PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments for the 2014 crop year.
the old direct payments program, which paid farmers in good years and
bad, the 2014 Farm Bill authorized a new safety-net that protects
producers only when market forces or adverse weather cause unexpected
drops in crop prices or revenues,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom
“For example, the corn price for 2014 is 30 percent below the
historical benchmark price used by the ARC-County program, and revenues
of the farms participating in the ARC-County program are down by about
$20 billion from the benchmark during the same period," Vilsack said. "The nearly $4
billion provided today by the ARC and PLC safety-net programs will give
assistance to producers where revenues dropped below normal."
ARC/PLC programs primarily allow producers to continue to produce for
the market by making payments on a percentage of historical base
production, limiting the impact on production decisions.
96 percent of soybean farms, 91 percent of corn farms and 66 percent
of wheat farms elected the ARC-County coverage option. Ninety-nine
percent of long grain rice and peanut farms, and 94 percent of medium
grain rice farms elected the PLC option.
receiving assistance include barley, corn, grain sorghum, lentils,
oats, peanuts, dry peas, soybeans and wheat. In the upcoming months,
disbursements will be made for other crops after marketing year average
prices are published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.