The deadline to sign and return the pre-filled U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rice Production Program (RPP) applications is close of business Monday, July 10, 2023.
Applications should be submitted to the farmer’s local FSA office and may be submitted in person or by mail, email, or facsimile.
Rice farmers who certified rice planted acres in the 2022 crop year should have received a pre-filled application (FSA-174, Rice Production Program Application) by mail from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), including the farmer’s FSA certified rice acres and either the farmer’s actual production history (APH) yield or an area (county) FSA-determined yield. For those farmers with rice acres that were prevented from planting, a 60 percent factor will be applied.
Farmers who reported rice to FSA by the acreage reporting deadline but do not receive a pre-filled application may still apply by visiting their local FSA office and completing the application by the July 10, 2023 deadline.
In addition to the pre-filled applications, producers must also submit the following forms, if not already on file with FSA, within 60 days of the RPP application deadline: AD-2047, CCC-901 (if applicable), CCC-902, and AD-1026.
Payments should be received by farmers shortly after their applications are received by FSA.
Funding for the $250 million rice farmer assistance program was championed by Senator John Boozman (R-AR) and included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, the end of year Federal government spending measure.
Additional information on RPP can be found here.