Coverage Selection for New 2014 Farm
Bill Safety Net Programs Begins Nov. 17
Producers have Until March 31, 2015, to
Choose the Program Best for their Operation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 – The U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds
farm owners and producers that the
opportunity to choose between the new 2014
Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture
Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage
(PLC), begins Nov. 17, 2014, and continues
through March 31, 2015. The new programs,
designed to help producers better manage
risk, usher in one of the most significant
reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
“USDA is committed to keeping farm
owners and producers well informed on all
steps in this process to ensure that they
have all of the information that they need
before making their coverage choice,” said
Farm Service Agency Administrator Val
Dolcini. “The new ARC and PLC programs
provide a more rational approach to helping
farmers manage risk by ensuring families
don’t lose the farm because of events beyond
USDA Farm Service Agency
Announces Key Dates for New 2014 Farm Bill
Safety Net Programs
USDA announced key dates
for farm owners and producers to keep in
mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill
established programs, Agriculture Risk
Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage
(PLC). The new programs, designed to help
producers better manage risk, usher in one
of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm
programs in decades.
Dates associated with
ARC and PLC that farm owners and producers
need to know:
• Sept. 29, 2014 to Feb.
27, 2015: Land owners may visit their local
Farm Service Agency office to update yield
history and/or reallocate base acres.
• Nov. 17, 2014 to March 31, 2015: Producers
make a one-time election of either ARC or
PLC for the 2014 through 2018 crop years.
Bladen Conservation District -
New Rental Equipment
The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation
District has a new rental tool available. It
is a Grassworks - Carpet Wick Applicator. It
can be used on many low growing crops such
as peanuts, soybeans, cotton, grain sorghum,
and pastures, to kill unwanted weeds.
The Carpet Wick Applicator is light
weight and easy to use. It has a steel
rotating drum that is covered with a
synthetic carpet material - wetted by a
12-volt pump. The synthetic carpet holds the
herbicide until transferred to the
undesirable grasses and weeds. The drum
turns in the opposite direction that the
Weed Wiper is traveling to apply more
herbicide directly to the unwanted weed.
Cost Share Funds Available
assistance is available to landowners and
tenants in North Carolina to help fund the
cost of installing conservation practices to
improve the state’s water quality.
These measures include such things as
no-till incentive payments, cover crops,
cropland conversions (grass, trees,
wildlife), grassed waterways, field borders,
animal waste management systems, livestock
fencing from critical areas, poultry litter
storage facilities, mortality incinerators,
water control structures, and many more.
Grain Drills Available for Rent!
The Bladen Soil & Water Conservation
District has two grain drills available for
rent to Bladen and surrounding county
John Deere (1590) –
is a 10’ wide no-till drill that is used to
plant all small grain crops such as wheat,
oats, and rye, as well as plant soybeans and
most grass seeds.
Great Plains (706NT) - This is a 7’ wide
no-till drill that will plant all small
grain crops. It will also plant grass seeds
and native grasses, and can be used with
The rental fee for either drill is $8.00
per acre, with a minimum charge of $50.00.
To assure availability, call the Bladen Soil
& Water Conservation District office at
(910) 862-3179, Ext. 3, or visit the office
at 122 Powell-Melvin Ag Center, 450 Smith