This week, USRPA joined 21 other farmer organizations on a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The letter supports timely implementation of the farm bill as well as a request to update several farmer decision tools.
The letter requests that USDA provide the financial resources needed to modernize and update the web-based decision tools and conduct training and outreach initiatives in light of the recent changes to Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. The 2018 farm bill provides U.S. farmers with necessary flexibility in their risk management tools by allowing producers of covered commodities to choose between ARC and PLC on a commodity-by-commodity and farm-by-farm basis. With this flexibility, farmers need risk management and decision aids, as well as training and outreach, to help make these coverage decisions.
The letter closes respectfully encouraging USDA to quickly allocate funding to support the tools and education efforts farmers need to be successful. To read the full letter, click here.