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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.

farmdoc YouTube Channel: 2018 Farm Bill Videos

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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

farmdoc Daily: 2018 Farm Bill Articles

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Mulling Over Margin, Part 2: the “Elusive” Cost of Production

In policy, definitions matter. As part of a forthcoming Farm Bill, Congress may consider changes to farm programs to incorporate margins, expected to be defined as the difference between a…

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A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Economic Perspectives on Title I Commodities

Note: This article is based on testimony given before the House Agricultural Committee Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management on June 9, 2022. Full video of the committee…

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Reviewing the Latest CBO Farm Bill Baseline

Last week the Congressional Budget Office released its ten-year estimates for the mandatory farm bill programs for Commodities (Title I), Conservation (Title II), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, Title…

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Mapping the Farm Bill: Reviewing the CRP; Law, Land & History

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 is scheduled to expire in the 2023 calendar, crop, and fiscal years, initiating the reauthorization process on the legislative calendar.  At this early stage…

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2021 Corn and Soybean Yields: Implications for Crop Insurance and Commodity Title payments

The National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) recently released county yields. NASS county yields are not the same yields that will be used to calculate Agriculture Risk Coverage at the county…

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The 2022 PLC and ARC Decision

Farmers will again have until March 15 to make commodity title program selections. Given the current high prices, commodity title payments are not expected from any program option for the…

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IFES 2021: Policy Update for 2022

Net farm income in the U.S. reached nearly $95 billion in 2020 and is projected at nearly $117 billion for 2021 after averaging just under $76 billion from 2015 to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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