WAYNE – Through the months of November and December Nebraska Extension and USDA Farm Service Agencies will be hosting a series of Farm Bill education meetings.
According to a release from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), these meetings will assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions.
The 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law last December, reauthorized the existing Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill. Producers will need to make new program enrollment decisions over the coming months.
While the ARC and PLC programs under the new farm bill remain very similar to the previous farm bill, a few program changes coupled with changes in market conditions and outlook could significantly impact producer decisions.
A handful of Northeast region meetings will be held in December which includes two meetings from the Wayne Fire Hall located at 510 Tomar Drive. Both meetings will be held on December 16 lasting from 1 until 4 p.m. and again from 6 – 9 p.m.
Other area meetings will be at the Bloomfield Community Center (December 2 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.); O’Neill Community Center (December 3 from 9 a.m. until noon); Columbus Ag Park (December 4 from 9 a.m. until noon); West Point Nielsen Center (December 9 from 9 a.m. until noon) and the Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk (December 18 from 1 – 4 p.m.).
The joint Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Farm Service Agency producer education meetings are scheduled at 28 locations across the state from late November to mid-December in advance of the coming ARC/PLC enrollment deadlines in early 2020.
The meetings are all free and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged for planning purposes for materials and facilities. Attendees can register for any of the meetings conveniently on the web at farmbill.unl.edu or by calling or visiting their county FSA or Extension office. The educational programs will feature information and insight from FSA specialists and Extension experts as well as other relevant information from local agencies.
There also are resources available online that can educate producers in their ARC/PLC decision-making process. Links to these resources are available from FSA at www.fsa.usda.gov/ne under the Spotlights section or from Extension at farmbill.unl.edu.