KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NAFB) — Farmers can now enroll in farm bill safety net programs for 2017. The enrollment period started fsatoday and will continue until next August. Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini says producers on farms with base acres under the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs can enroll. Dolcini says the FSA issued more than $7 billion worth of payments this year for the 2015 crop to assist farmers who suffered price and revenue losses.

If a farm is not enrolled during the 2017 enrollment period, the producers on that farm will not be eligible for financial assistance from the ARC or PLC programs for the 2017 crop should crop prices or farm revenues fall below the historical price or revenue benchmarks. Producers who made their elections in 2015 must still enroll during the 2017 enrollment period. Farmers can enroll in the programs by contacting their local FSA office.