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Tuesday, March 9, 2021
USDA RMA Clarifies STAX Eligibility Procedures for 2021; Producers Who Want STAX Should Review ARC/PLC Status  
USDA RMA Clarifies STAX Eligibility Procedures for 2021; Producers Who Want STAX Should Review ARC/PLC Status Friday, March 5, 2021 - By Shawn Wade Officials at the USDA Risk Management Agency have clarified how they will determine a cotton producer’s eligibility for purchasing the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) insurance endorsement on their 2021 cotton acres based on whether or not they have enrolled seed cotton base acres on a farm, into either the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs that are available through the USDA Farm Service Agency.

Legislatively, a producer is not allowed to have an active enrollment in the ARC/PLC program on seed cotton base acres and an active STAX policy endorsement on their insured cotton acres on the same farm (identified by FSA Farm Number) in the same crop year. In light of the earlier ARC/PLC signup deadline that USDA FSA set for 2021, the question arises of when RMA verifies the information a producer is required to report about the status of a farm’s ARC/PLC participation.  The initial response to this question posed to RMA staff by Plains Cotton Growers in late January indicated that RMA would use the date the Crop Acreage Report is filed as the snapshot date to determine if the producer has an active ARC/PLC enrollment on the farm and if they would be eligible to purchase STAX on those acres.  

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