Agricultural producers have until Monday, March 15 to sign up for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2021. And federal officials say they shouldn't wait until then.

To sign up or to change their choices, they should contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency office to make an appointment. Program enrollment for 2021 is required in order to participate in the programs, but elections for the 2021 crop year are optional and otherwise remain the same as elections made for 2020.

ARC and PLC pay farmers when crop prices or revenue drops substantially.

Although 1,033,310 contracts have been completed to date, this represents less than 59% of the more than 1.7 million contracts the agency said it anticipated. By enrolling soon, producers can beat the rush as the deadline nears.

Producers are eligible enroll the following commodities: barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium- and short-grain rice, safflower seed, seed cotton, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat.

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To contact the Alexandria FSA office, call 320-763-3191, ext. 2.