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2018 ARC-County Payments
Author: Scott Stiles, Extension Economist

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has posted an Excel spreadsheet that includes the 2018 ARC – County (ARC-CO) payment information.

It can be found at this link:

Click on the box:  “Non-Program Year Specific Data”.  

Select “2014 Farm Bill”. 

Download the Excel file:  2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 ARC-County Yields, Revenue and Payment Rates as of October 8, 2019 (Excel format 7 MB)

For 2018, sixteen (16) counties are eligible for corn and soybean ARC-CO payments, twenty-three (23) counties are eligible for wheat payments and forty-one (41) counties are eligible for sorghum payments.  Payments for the respective crops range as follows:

  • Corn: $21.38 – $63.27
  • Sorghum: $5.69 – $41.79
  • Soybeans: $0.35 – $43.34
  • Wheat: $2.80 – $39.62

Recall that ARC-CO and PLC elections were made once for the duration of the 2014 Farm Bill.  The majority of Arkansas’ base acreage for corn (86%), soybeans (95%), grain sorghum (64%) and wheat (57%) was enrolled in ARC-County.  

ARC-CO and PLC payments are “decoupled”—that is, payments are made on a portion of a crop’s historical “base” acres rather than actual production. A producer does not have to plant a covered commodity to be eligible for payments. If ARC-CO or PLC program payments are triggered, then they are made on 85% of the producer’s base acres that were signed up for that covered commodity irrespective of plantings.

The 2014 Farm Bill set a $125,000 per person cap on the total of PLC, ARC, marketing loan gains and loan deficiency payments. The limit applies to the total from all covered commodities except peanuts, which has a separate $125,000 limit (payments limits are doubled with a spouse).

Note: The county payments shown in the FSA spreadsheet do not take into account sequestration. The sequestration rate for 2018 payments is 6.6%.

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