USDA ‘Safety Net’ Checks Are In the Mail


The United States Department of Agriculture’s ‘safety net’ checks are in the mail for 2015’s crops. Across the nation, $7 billion will be sent to farmers enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, which is 50% more than what was paid out for the previous year’s crops.

“We saw about a $27 billion drop in revenue for farms that participate in the ARC-County program, so this $7 billion payment run that we are beginning certainly does not make folks whole, but it really helps,” says Val Dolcini, USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator.

The contribution will account for about 10% of the USDA’s forecasted net farm income for the coming year. Roughly $1 billion will go to wheat farmers, $1 billion to soybean growers and $4 billion to corn growers.

Agriculture Shows
From soil to harvest. Top Crop is an all-new series about four of the best farmers in the world—Dan Luepkes, of Oregan, Illinois; Cory Atley, of Cedarville, Ohio; Shelby Fite, of Jackson Center, Ohio; Russell Hedrick, of Hickory, North Carolina—reveals what it takes for them to make a profitable crop. It all starts with good soil, patience, and a strong planter setup.
Champions of Rural America is a half-hour dive into the legislative priorities for Rural America. Join Host and Market Day Report Anchor Christina Loren as she interviews members of the Congressional Western Caucus to learn about efforts in Washington to preserve agriculture and tackles the most important topics in the ag industry on Champions of Rural America!
Farm Traveler is for people who want to connect with their food and those who grow it. Thanks to direct-to-consumer businesses, agritourism, and social media, it’s now easier than ever to learn how our food is made and support local farmers. Here on the Farm Traveler, we want to connect you with businesses offering direct-to-consumer products you can try at home, agritourism sites you can visit with your family, and exciting new technologies that are changing how your food is being grown.
Featuring members of Congress, federal and state officials, ag and food leaders, farmers, and roundtable panelists for debates and discussions.
Host Ben Bailey hops in the tractor cab, giving farmers 10 minutes to answer as many questions and grab as much cash as they can for their local FFA chapter.