2021 crop year enrollment for ARC, PLC programs is open

Enrollment for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2021 crop year is currently open.

The deadline to enroll and make amendments to program elections is March 15, 2021. Producers have the option to enroll covered commodities in either ARC-County, ARC-Individual, or PLC. These are the same program options that were available to producers during the 2019 and 2020 crop years, but in some cases, producers may want to amend program elections to better manage the potential risks facing their farms during the 2021 crop year.

The Fayette County Extension Service will be hosting a day of face-to-face meetings to discuss and review ARC/PLC decisions and we will review decision-tools that are available to help you evaluate Farm Bill decision options moving forward.

The Fayette County programs will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The programs are scheduled to be held at 9 a.m. and at 1 p.m., and will be held in the Fayette County Extension Meeting Room at 1415 US Hwy. 22 SW, Washington C.H.

These programs are free, but registration is required. You may register online at https://go.osu.edu/2021farmbill or by calling the Fayette County Extension Office at (740) 335-1150 or emailing Ken Ford at [email protected] If the date and time for the programs in Fayette County does not work for you, use the same registration link and other neighboring county programs are listed and you can register for a program time that better fits your schedule.

To comply with COVID-19 health guidelines, proper social distancing will be maintained, and face masks will be required during these events. Due to social distancing requirements, each program will be limited to 20 to 25 participants so pre-registration is important, and we will not be able to accept walk-ins.

OSU Extension will also be offering a state-wide webinar this winter focused specifically on the ARC/PLC decision in 2021, reviewing decision-tool calculators available to evaluate options, and current market outlook, as well as a webinar focused on crop insurance decisions for 2021. There is no cost to attend these online meetings, but registration is required:

Feb. 25, 9-11 a.m. ARC/PLC for the 2021 Crop Year.

March 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 2021 Corn and Soybean Crop Insurance Considerations.

You can find the information and registration about these two online meetings by going to www.go.osu.edu/arcplc2021.

By Ken Ford

Fayette Co. Agriculture & Natural Resource Educator