Producers with generic base acres have until Dec. 7, 2018, to allocate generic base acres, update yields, make a program election for seed cotton base acres and enroll farms that formerly contained generic base acres.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA) authorizes seed cotton as a covered commodity under the The Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs effective for the 2018 crop year. Owners of a farm with generic base acres as of September 30, 2013, and recent planting history of covered commodities, have a one-time opportunity to allocate generic base acres. Implementation of the seed cotton provisions will be similar to those for crops initially included in 2015 in the ARC/ PLC programs resulting from the 2014 Farm Bill.
The process will be multi-step to allocate generic base acres to seed cotton base acres.
1. Determine if a covered commodity was planted on the farm during the 2009 through 2016 crop years.
2. Identify planted and considered planted (P&CP) history of covered commodities, including upland cotton, on the farm with generic base acres.
3. Current owner(s) of the farm allocate generic base acres to seed cotton or allocate generic base to seed cotton and other planted covered commodities as applicable.
4. Current owner(s) of the farm updates the seed cotton yield.
5. Current producer(s) on the farm elect the applicable program (ARC or PLC) for seed cotton, unless ARC-Individual Coverage (ARC-IC) was previously elected on the farm.
6. The producer(s) on the farm enroll the farm.
For more information, producers are encouraged to visit their local FSA office. To find a local FSA office, visit https://www.farmers.gov/.