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Farm Bill Producer Meeting for ARC/PLC
The Bladen County Farm Service Agency recently held a producer meeting pertaining to 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.
A power point presentation was given by Chris Tatum, County Executive Director of the Bladen County Farm Service Agency.  Approximately 70 producers and Agri-Business professionals were in attendance for Wednesday night’s presentation.  The dinner was sponsored by Bladen County Farm Bureau and the Elizabethtown Branch of Cape Fear Farm Credit.  Other agencies and individuals assisting in the meeting and meal preparation were Bladen County FSA staff, NCDA Witchweed Division for Bladen County, Bladen County Cooperative Extension, and Thomas “Chubby” Starling retired FSA Director for Bladen County.
USDA leaders will visit with producers across the country to share information and answer questions on the ARC and PLC programs.
USDA assisted in the creation of online tools to assist in the decision process, allowing farm owners and producers to enter information about their operation and see projections that show what ARC and/or PLC will mean for them under possible future scenarios. The new tools are now available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc. Farm owners and producers can access the online resources from the convenience of their home computer or mobile device at any time.
Owners, Operators, and Producers can contact their local FSA office for more information or to schedule an appointment. 
The Bladen County Farm Service Agency is located at 450 Smith Circle in the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Service Center and can be contacted by phone at 910-862-3179.


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