U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)West VirginiaFarm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Richard V. Snuffer II reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and\/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year.\r\n\u201cProducers have already elected ARC or PLC, but they must enroll for the 2016 crop year by signing a contract before the Aug. 1 deadline to receive program benefits,\u201dsaid Snuffer. \u201cProducers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment to enroll.\u201d\r\nThe programs trigger financial protections for participating agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. Nationwide, more than 1.76 million farmers and ranchers are expected to sign contracts to enroll in ARC or PLC. Covered commodities under the programs include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat.\r\nFor more program information, contact your local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov\/arc-plc. To find your local FSA office, visit http:\/\/offices.usda.gov.