It’s the final day for farmers to make appointments for elections declared by the most recent farm bill. Minnesota Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Joe Martin says most counties are 98 percent enrolled. “If farmers don’t call by Monday and set up an appointment, we won’t be able to enroll them in the Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs for 2019.” Martin says on average, Minnesota signs up 95,000 contracts for farm bill programs. The current contract sign-ups have already that exceeded that number. Program elections vary across the state. “Mostly, we’re seeing folks take the ARC election for soybeans and PLC election on corn, but there are areas of the state where ARC-IC is an option where there were low yield areas. It’s really a mix. It’s not like the last time. It’s different economics and a county by county variation we’re seeing.” Martin also says at this time no county offices are closed due to the coronavirus concerns.
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