Wayne, Norfolk To Host Farm Bill Educational Meetings

WAYNE – Farm Bill educational meeting will continue in two northeast Nebraska communities in mid-December.

According to a release from Nebraska Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska, the series of Farm Bill meetings will visit both Wayne and Norfolk. These events will assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions.

The Wayne meetings will be held at the Fire Hall (510 Tomar Drive) on Monday, December 16 with the first meeting from 1 – 4 p.m. and then another from 6 – 9 p.m. For the meeting in Norfolk, visit the Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center (801 East Benjamin Ave.) on Wednesday, December 18 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Meetings have already been held in Bloomfield, O’Neill, Columbus, Dakota City and West Point.

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, however 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.

The meetings are all free and open to the public as 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 are each set to run three hours in length, featuring information and insight from FSA specialists and Extension experts, as well as other relevant information from local agencies.

All times are local with registration beginning 30 minutes ahead of start.

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.