U.S. Department of Agriculture issues safety net and conservation payments to farms

By CHRISTOPHER DOWELL

The State Journal

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  —  Over $9.6 billion in payments will be made to producers through the Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage and Conservation Reserve programs, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.

The Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and offer a safety net to agricultural producers when there is a substantial drop in revenue or prices for covered commodities.

Over half a million producers will receive Price Loss Coverage payments and over a quarter million producers will receive Price Loss Coverage payments for 2016 crops, starting the first week of October and continuing over the next several months.

Also, as part of an ongoing effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat, USDA will begin issuing 2017 Conservation Reserve payments in October to over 375,000 Americans.

For more details regarding these programs, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

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