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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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Pandemic Assistance to Illinois Agricultural Producers in 2020 from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

In response to market disruptions and economic harm caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the U.S. federal government initiated a series of relief programs for U.S. consumers and businesses, including farmers and ranchers. Of these programs, the two rounds of…

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Projected 2020 Commodity Title Payments

Given increases in prices since the late summer of 2020, commodity title payments for the 2020 marketing year will be limited. Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments are not projected for corn and soybeans. Agriculture Risk Coverage at the county level…

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Using farmdoc Tools to Make the ARC-CO and PLC Decisions

Two tools are available on the farmdoc website for evaluating Commodity title choices faced by farmers.  The first is the 2018 Farm Bill What-If Tool, a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that calculates payments under differing price and yield scenarios. The second…

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Release of the 2018 Farm Bill What-If Tool for 2021 Decisions

For the 2021 cropping year, farmers can change their Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) choices from the selections made for the 2019 and 2020 crop years. We have revised the 2018 Farm Bill What-If Tool to…

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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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