(GREELEY, CO) – May 11, 2016 – Weld County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Jeff Wilson reminds producers of the need to annually enroll into a 2016 Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) contract.
“Many farmers are busy trying to get corn and other spring crops planted and it is understandable why the number of visitors in the local FSA office is low right now, but we need them to come visit soon in order to meet the reporting deadlines”, said Wilson.
Farmers who wish to participate in the ARC and PLC programs must enroll prior to the mandated August 1, 2016 deadline. They must also certify to the Average Adjusted Gross Income provision on Form CCC-941. ARC and PLC participants must also report their acreages annually to remain in compliance with the terms of the contract.
“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements and avoid late file fees, all producers are encouraged to visit the Weld County FSA office to file an accurate, timely crop certification report before July 15,” said Wilson.
According to Wilson, filing timely acreage certifications with FSA establishes eligibility for programs including: Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL), Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) & Price Loss Coverage (PLC), Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and others.
Farmers need to visit their local Farm Service Agency to get caught up for Crop Year 2016 once the crops are in the ground.
For an appointment to complete crop certification and reporting requirements, please contact the Weld County FSA office at (970) 356-8097.