Corn Growers Praise Feds Change on Ag Risk Coverage Rules

John Davis

Growers on a farm with one or more tracts outside the administrative county now have the option to recalculate Agriculture Risk Coverage-CO benefits based on the farm’s physical location. This news release from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) says the Farm Service Agency modification of the rule follows an extensive review of the potential impacts of the previous requirement …

Agribusiness, ARC, NCGA, USDA

USDA Safety-Net Payments Going Out to Farmers

John Davis

Farmers hit by market downturns will see relief in the form of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) payments. The agency announced about half of the 1.7 million farms that signed up for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments for the 2014 crop year. “Unlike the old direct payments program, which …

ARC, USDA

ARC Annual Meeting and Scholarship

Kelly Marshall

The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) is pleased to announce a scholarship program for college students studying agriculture communications. One $1,500 scholarship will be granted for the 2016-2017 school year. ARC conducted a scholarship program up until about 10 years ago, then reinstated it last year. Through the financial contributions of 2014 Hall of Fame recipients Richard Howell and Gary Myers, along with …

ARC, Education, Events

New FAPRI Report Shows ARC, PLC Picks

John Davis

A new report from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI-MU) shows how many farmers are using Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) plans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Highlights from the report, titled, “U.S. crop program fiscal costs: Revised estimates with updated participation information,” include: · The FAPRI-MU baseline …

Agribusiness, ARC, USDA

2015 Golden ARC Winners Announced

Kelly Marshall

The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) has announced its Golden ARC Awards 2015 Winners. This elite awards program added 23 Golden ARC Awards members and 18 Merit Awards recipients. For the fourth consecutive year a Golden ARC de Excellence Awards was given. “The quality of this year’s entries again surpassed previous years’ submissions, and judges provided valuable comments and critiques for …

Agribusiness, ARC

Drake Named to Ag Public Relations Hall of Fame

Kelly Marshall

The Agricultural Public Relations Hall of Fame will be adding Steve Drake, ag communicator and consultant.  The honor is to recognize those who have contributed to public relations and the Ag Relations Council (ARC).  ARC along with Agri Marketing magazine sponsor the program. Steven has previously won an ARC Founders Award and has worked in public relations for more than …

Agribusiness, ARC

Ag Relations Council Annual Meeting

Chuck Zimmerman

Thank you to Den Gardner and Kristy Mach for some photos from this week’s Agricultural Relations Council Annual Meeting. In the image below the group is in class getting one of many lessons that are on the program. Of course it’s not all work. The group does know how to have fun as seen in this photo of one of …

ARC, Media

5 Ways to BEEF Up Your Social Media Monitoring

Jamie Johansen

The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) is hosting a webinar on March 17, 12:30pm – 1:30pm ET to teach you five things you can do immediately to provide more actionable intelligence to your social media monitoring. Social media monitoring is critical to any organizations ability to respond to an issue or crisis. This brand new presentation will give you tips you …

Ag Groups, ARC, Beef, Marketing, Social Media

Call Issued for Golden ARC Award Entries

Jamie Johansen

The newly-modified 2015 Golden ARC Awards Contest, with many new categories and now permitting online submission of entries, is accepting entries, effective immediately and until March 31, 2015. Not satisfied with record-breaking entries in 2014, the Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) seeks to further improve the Awards Program and has moved to an online submission process this year, allowing entrants to …

Ag Groups, ARC

ARC Reinstates Ag Comm Scholarship

Jamie Johansen

The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) is pleased to announce it is reinstating its scholarship program for college students studying ag communications. The organization, through its foundation, will grant one, $1,500 scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year. ARC conducted a scholarship program up until about 10 years ago. Through the financial contributions of recent Hall of Fame recipients Richard Howell and …

Ag Groups, ARC, Education