2014 Farm Bill implementation pushed back a month

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said on Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the deadline for implementation of requirements listed in the 2014 Farm Bill for 30 days. The original deadline was Friday.

Roberts said anxiety had been rising regarding the time needed to make the necessary decisions, from both agricultural producers and legislators in rural farming states.

“The USDA heard the concerns directly from producers earlier this week at our first committee hearing and took action as a result,” Roberts said. “I would encourage all producers to visit their local FSA office as soon as possible to make sure they have enough time and information to make these important decisions.”

The USDA extended the deadline for one month, giving producers until March 31 to make decisions on updating yield history and reallocating base acres. Providing this data is the first step in a lengthy process to register for Price Loss Coverage (PLC) or Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), two new commodity programs established in the 2014 Farm Bill.

“As chairman, I look forward to hearing more from producers and continuing work with USDA so rural America can be as productive as possible while implementing the 2014 Farm Bill,” Roberts added. “I hope to continue this level of hands-on problem-solving in the committee.”