USDA Changes Deadline: Yield History Update, Reallocation Base Now Due March 31

    The deadline for updating yield history and to reallocate base acres has been extended to March 31, 2015, which is also the final day for farm owners and producers to choose Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) coverage.

    • Deadline Extended to March 31, 2015  – Update yield history and/or reallocate base acres at local Farm Service Agency offices.
    • Deadline March 31, 2015 – Farmers must make a one-time selection of ARC or PLC for their farms, which will be used for the 2014 through 2018 Crop years.

    If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by March 31, 2015, the farm’s current yield and base will be used. A program choice of ARC or PLC coverage also must be made by March 31, 2015, or there will be no 2014 payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage through the 2018 crop year. 

    Nationwide, more than 2.9 million educational postcards, in English and Spanish, have been sent to producers, and over 4,100 training sessions have been conducted on the new safety-net programs. The online tools, available at, allow producers to explore projections on how ARC or PLC coverage will affect their operation under possible future scenarios.

    Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

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