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2018 Farm Bill Online and Spreadsheet Tools

Gardner Program Payment Calculator (ARC/PLC)

The Gardner Payment Calculator provides estimates of expected payments and likelihood of payments for ARC-CO and PLC.  Payment estimates are provided for the program years from 2019 to 2023.  Users can select the state, county, and crop combination that they wish to consider.

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2018 Farm Bill What if Tool

This program calculates Agricultural Risk Coverage for County Coverage (ARC-CO), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments, and ARC at the Individual Level (ARC-IC). County yields and market year average (MYA) prices are brought in for a user-specified state-county-crop combination. Users then can change 2018 through 2020 county yields and prices to see ARC-CO and PLC payments under those yields and prices.

As an alternative to the executable tool you can download the spreadsheet here.

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The ARC/PLC Decision in December 2019

Yield Updating Decisions Under the 2018 Farm Bill

5-Minute farmdoc: 2018 Farm Bill What-If Tool

Accounts for the Gardner Payment Calculator

Using the Gardner ARC/PLC Payment Calculator

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Reviewing USDA Revisions to the Payment Limitation and Eligibility Rules

On Monday, August 24, 2020, USDA implemented changes to the payment limitation and eligibility rules for federal farm payments enacted by Congress in the 2018 farm bill. The revisions were published in the Federal Register. This article reviews the latest…

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Production Controls & Set Aside Acres, Part 1: Reviewing History

Low prices, trade conflict and a global pandemic are producing a potential perfect storm of problems for the farm economy that a flood of federal payments is unlikely to address. Whispered comments and quietly tentative questions about production controls and…

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Making CFAP Applications for Grain Farms

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will provide payments to producers of agricultural commodities suffering losses due to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 control measures. Herein, we discuss the CFAP application process, building on general information provided in a May 22,…

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Would Commodity Title Choices Change Given COVID-19?

The Coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 control measures have resulted in dramatically lower commodity prices, leading to questions about whether commodity program selections would be different after COVID-19. Herein we present an analysis of Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk…

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2019 Commodity Title Payments – Updates for Corn and Soybeans with Lower MYA Prices

Expectations for 2019 commodity title payments continue to increase as projections for 2019 market year average prices decline. Herein we provide an update of 2019 commodity title payments for corn and soybeans given these MYA price declines.

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Revised 2019 ARC and PLC Payments Due to Lower 2019 Market Year Average Prices

Recent declines in corn and soybean prices will result in lower marketing year average prices (MYA) prices, increasing the probability and potential size of 2019 Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments. These commodity title payments, to…

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Adjusting NASS County Yields to Estimate 2019 ARC-CO Payments

Last week, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released county yield estimates which we are now using to estimate 2019 ARC-CO payments for corn and soybeans. Recognizing that NASS yield data will not be the primary source of information used…

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2019 ARC-CO Payment Estimates for Corn and Soybeans Based on NASS County Yields

The National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) released 2019 county yields for corn and soybeans on February 20, allowing for more reliable estimates of Agricultural Risk Coverage at the county level (ARC-CO) payments for 2019.  Although Risk Management Agency (RMA) yields…

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Multi-farm ARC-IC Tool and Other ARC-IC Information

Agricultural Risk Coverage at the Individual Level (ARC-IC) will make payments in 2019 for farms that are entirely prevented plant or farms with low yields. ARC-IC combines all Farm Service Agency (FSA) farms within a state for one individual payment…

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Obligatory Annual Budget Detour

It being February, the political focus turned momentarily back to matters of budget and deficit. In late January, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated baseline estimates for federal mandatory spending programs, as well as updated projections on federal…

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Strategies for Using ARC-IC

Strategies for evaluating Agricultural Risk Coverage at the Individual level (ARC-IC) are discussed in this article given that 2019 farm yields are known and can aid in making decisions. We suggest estimating 2019 ARC-IC payments for each FSA farm and…

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ARC-IC: Payment Examples and Revised 2019 ARC-IC Payment Calculator

Agricultural Risk Coverage at the Individual Level (ARC-IC) will be an attractive alternative for farmers who had FSA farms that were completely prevented plant or had low yields in 2019. In this article, we show that a $24 per base…

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