With so many changes to Farm Bill programs this year, farmers will need to mind their calendars—or risk missing an important deadline.
Cotton farmers, for example, have just a few more weeks to register for the new Cotton Transition Assistance Program; the last day to enroll is Oct. 7.
To help, we have assembled a calendar of the key Farm Bill dates that have been announced so far. As the USDA has rolled out various programs, they have also begun providing specific time frames for registering to participate.
Farmers and industry-watchers have been talking about the choice between the county-based Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and the more individualized Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for months, but Monday, Sept. 29 is actually the first day that producers will be able to update their yields and acreage with Farm Service Agency offices.
The timeline for finalizing that decision still remains general, though. The USDA says producers won’t receive their final base acreage and yield notices until winter 2014 and will be able to sign contracts for those programs through early spring 2014.
We’ll add those dates and others as they become available.
Aug. 11: Registration opens for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program for 2014.
Sept. 2: Registration opens for the Dairy Margin Protection Program for 2014 and 2015.
Sept. 29: Registration opens for farmers to update their yields and acre allocations before they elect Price Loss Coverage (PLC), Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC), or some combination of the two programs.
Oct. 1: Registration opens for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program for 2015.
Oct. 7: Last day to register for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program for 2014.
Nov. 28: Last day to register for the Dairy Margin Projection Program for 2014 and 2015.
July 31: Last day to register for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program for 2015.