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Area farmers adjusting to changes in new farm bill

LE MARS, Iowa (KTIV) - Siouxland farmers are dealing with some brand new legislation, and area experts are traveling the state to try and help make sense of a new farm bill that's more than 950 pages long.

Some of the changes will directly affect how farmers can receive assistance during those years when yields are low.
Farmers will have to choose between Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC), or Price Loss Coverage (PLC).

Once the farmer chooses the method for assistance, they will be locked in to a five-year contract.

Experts say that the five year contract makes understanding of the programs crucial for area farmers.

"The majority of all our farms are going to be in these programs. Starting early to understand ARC versus PLC. And I think the sooner you can make that decision, and focus on the historic based acres on your farm, because we can re-allocate base acres, I think it will make signup that much easier," Steve Johnson, ISU Extension program said.

Johnson says the rules and regulations for the farm bill haven't been written yet.

Farm Services of America will likely not be ready to sign farmers up for the programs until this coming winter.

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