Hoeven: USDA to Extend Deadline for Farm Bill Programs

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended its deadline for commodity programs established in the farm bill. The senator serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and Agriculture Committee, and was a conferee on the joint Senate-House committee that crafted the final version of the 2014 farm bill.

“Farmers and ranchers are dedicated men and women who take on the important responsibility of producing food for America and the world,” Hoeven said. “This deadline extension recognizes the complexities facing our nation’s farmers, and helps to ensure that they have the time and support they need to be successful.”

The deadline for farmers to update yield, reallocate base acreage and decide between the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs has been pushed back until April 7, 2015 and will be in effect for crop years 2014-2018.

According to USDA’s reports, nearly 98 percent of producers have updated yield and base, and almost 90 percent have enrolled in one of the programs.