Ken McCauley believes the new Farm Bill’s commodity support programs provide his Kansas farm a good safety net. But like most growers he wants more information on farm-bill provisions still being finalized by USDA.

“The new ARC (Agriculture Risk Coverage) is designed similar to what we had in the previous farm bill that included ACRE,” says McCauley, White Cloud, Kan. “ACRE was a good program that paid off for us last year.”

Tony Anderson, southwestern Ohio corn and soybean grower, says he will likely select the program that works best with crop insurance. “For our situation, crop insurance will continue to be a big product for us,” he says.

University ag economists and USDA are holding workshops to better acquaint farmers with ARC, Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and other new support programs.

The new programs take the place of Direct Payments, ACRE and SURE, says Jonathan Coppess, University of Illinois Extension law and policy specialist. Marketing loan assistance programs continue for grains. Operators will face a $125,000 payment limitation per person for most crops.