Agriculture USDA Service Center Update

USDA Update – December 3, 2019

Eads USDA Service Center Staff


  • 2019 Market Facilitation Program - Deadline to apply December 6, 2019 - Call and schedule your appointment! 
  • Farm Loan personnel in Eads Office – 2nd Tuesday every month
  • 2019 & 2020 - ARCPLC signup - Begins October 1
  • COC Meeting – Wednesday, December 4 - County Committee ballot count

Disclaimer: Information in this UPDATE is pertinent to Kiowa County FSA only. Producers reading this and that do not have FSA interest in Kiowa County are advised to contact their local FSA Office. 


Producers who received a postcard this past week regarding the Important MFP deadline that is Friday, December 6th will need to contact their local FSA Office to ensure they are eligible for the 2019 MFP program. The postcard reads as follows: 

DEC 6, 2019 Signup Deadline for Market

Facilitation Program Payment


DEC 6, 2019 - last day to submit your MFP application

Producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, chickpeas, corn, cotton,

crambe, dried beans & peas, flaxseed, lentils, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts,

rapeseed, rice, rye, safflower, sesame seed, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed,

temperate japonica rice, triticale, wheat, diary, hogs, fresh sweet cherries,

almonds, cranberries, ginseng, fresh grapes, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans,

pistachios, and walnuts may be eligible to signup for the Market Facilitation

Program (MFP) payment. MFP is designed to help producers significantly

impacted by actions of foreign governments resulting in the loss of traditional

exports. Contact your local FSA County Office for more details to apply or visit

If you received a postcard, contact your local FSA Office to ensure your eligible and obtain your application. 


The 2019 projected PLC rates as of November 8, 2019 were as follows. 

  • Wheat - .90 cents bushel
  • Barley - .25 cents bushel
  • Oats - zero
  • Corn - zero
  • Grain Sorghum .55 cents bushel
  • Sunflower - .0225 cents -pound

The final rates for wheat, barley and oats will be published in August 2020, corn and grain sorghum September 2020, sunflower seed November 2020. 


There were a number of producers who were able to attend the recent ARCPLC meetings held throughout the state; however, for those that weren’t able to attend. Below are basic information producers need to have to educate themselves on the 2018 Farm Bill concerning ARCPLC signup. 



  • County - Protects against lower revenues – a combination of prices and yields determined by county yield and national prices. 
  • Individual - Protects against lower revenues - determined by individual farm yields and national prices. 

Price Loss Coverage (PLC)

  • Protects against lower prices and is triggered nationwide based on the prices that year.

Election – Eligible producers on farm(s) with eligible covered commodity base acres can currently complete the election and enroll for 2019 and 2020. 

Election Options

  • ARC-CO or PLC - For all covered commodities with base acres on the farm

On a crop-by-crop basis. Not applicable if an ARC-IC election is made.

  • ARC-IC - For all 22 covered commodities AND the farm

2019 through 2023

  • The election decision is unanimous
  • Made by all 2019 producers with a share of cropland acres on the farm
  • Election is integrated into the Enrollment process
  • Election and Enrollment are on the same form

Option to change elections is available each year beginning in 2021

  • For 2021: October 1, 2020 through March 15, 2021 
  • For 2022: October 1, 2021 through March 15, 2022
  • For 2023: October 1, 2022 through March 15, 2023

If elections are not changed:

  • the elections in effect on the farm will continue 
  • no action is required      

Who must sign:

  • ALL producers on the farm with a share or interest in cropland acres

2019/2020 election decision

  • Is made by 2019 producers
  • Election remains in effect for 2020 - Even if producers are different in 2020

Election decision for 2021, 2022 and 2023

  • The option to change elections is available, but not required
  • Must be unanimous 
  • Is made by all producers on the farm in the applicable year with a share of cropland acres