This software is intended for educational use. It was developed solely to provide information so producers could better understand the economic implications of their choices under the 2014 Farm Bill. The Decision Aid uses the most current NASS, FSA, and RMA information, and these values will be updated from time to time. The Decision Aid answers may differ from those of USDA agencies and insurance providers.
The Decision Aid allows users to save their information as a service to the user. Users who do not want their data saved can delete it at any time. After signup is completed, FAPRI and AFPC researchers may aggregate the results of all decision aid users to evaluate the effectiveness of various program options at mitigating risk. No individual user's data will be disclosed.
By checking 'I understand and agree', you acknowledge that projected outcomes generated by the software are for demonstration purposes, are not forecasts of future outcomes, and do not guarantee any future outcomes or results.
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Farm operators and landowners can use the Decision Aid to test the potential benefits to participating in different farm programs (PLC, SCO, ARC-C and ARC-I) and in alternative insurance programs (SCO, STAX, Yield Coverage, Revenue Protection (RP), and Revenue Protection Harvest Price Exclusion (RP-HPE)).
The Decision Aid is designed to facilitate use by multi-client users. A multi-client user could be: insurance agents, farm managers, extension service agents, or friends. If a user is entering data for multiple clients as a service or for a fee the primary user can create one log-in with multiple farmers. Each farmer client will be a separate entry with its own data. When the Decision Aid is used to analyze farm program and insurance decisions, it will process only the client’s information which is active in the multi-client menu.
The multi-client user can grant access to each client so they can use the Decision Aid on their own. If farmers have entered data for a farming operation they can delegate a multi-client user access to their farm’s data.
What Data Do I Need?
For each farm Unit you will need to enter the following data:
The name you use to refer to a specific unit (e.g., “Smith Farm”, “Home Place”, or “Johnson Lease”). Enter anything you wish here that will help you identify and recognize the unit.
This optional field can contain any additional information you wish to enter.
The Farm Service Administration farm number for the crop, crop practice, farm unit.
Decision Aid supports all covered commodities plus cotton.
Eligible cropping practices for the crop are provided in a drop down menu; select the appropriate one.
The state where the crop is grown. If the farm spans two states specify the state where your FSA office is located.
The county where the crop is grown. If the farm spans two counties, specify the county where your FSA office is located.
Counter Cyclical Yield
Your counter cyclical yield yield can be found on your “Reported Commodity Crop History Summary” which was included in a letter from FSA received in August 2014.
2013 Base Acres
The base acres for the unit in 2013. Base acres can be found on your “Reported Commodity Crop History Summary” which was included in a letter from FSA received in August 2014. If you are separating an FSA number to accommodate RMA tracts, allocate the base acres as a portion of planted acres. For example, 200 base acres for a farm number with 80 and 100 acres planted in tracts one and two, respectively, would receive 88.9 = 200 * (80/180) for tract one’s base acres and 111.1 = 200 * (100/180) for tract two’s base acres.
Enter the average basis difference between your harvest price and the harvest time futures price for the relevant futures contract used to calculate your crop insurance indemnities. If you do not know what futures contract to use in calculating this number, contact your insurance agent or go to
Commodity Exchange Price Provisions
and click on the appropriate link for your crop. Within the document for your crop, focus on the
“Harvest Price Discovery Period.”
Units are $/bu for grains and oilseeds and $/lb for cotton. The price basis is used to simulate futures prices for analyzing revenue insurance products.
This is the yield used to determine your insurance guarantee. The approved yield is calculated by summing the yearly actual, assigned, adjusted or unadjusted transitional yields and dividing the sum by the number of yields in your production history. This number is normally found on your production and yield report supplied by your crop insurance agent. If you need help identifying your approved APH yield, please contact your crop insurance agent.
2014 Insurance Policy
The type of insurance policy for the crop in 2014: None, CAT, RP, RP-HPE, YP.
2014 Insurance Coverage
The level of coverage you purchased for this crop in 2014
2014 Insurance Unit Structure
Whether the crop was insured using the Optional or Enterprise structure provision.
The intended planted acre for the crop in 2014-2018. These values are used in the insurance and generic Base Election Assistance portions of the Decision Aid.