First of Farm Bill Informational Meetings to cover New Cotton Program

First of Farm Bill Informational Meetings to Begin Mid-January
The new cotton program will be covered in the Jan. 12 Wichita meeting only.

Though the Midwest isn’t booming with cotton fields, plenty of farmers and lenders in and out of state have expressed interest in the new cotton program found in the farm bill. For this reason, the January 12th Farm Bill Meeting will be the only meeting to examine and explain the program, which differs from the grain and oilseed programs.

The January 12th meeting in Wichita commences the series of sponsored half-day meetings across the state. K-State agricultural economists, Mykel Taylor and Art Barnaby, will lead the sessions, which provide vital information encompassed in the 2014 Farm Bill. Commodity programs, trade-offs of choosing one program over another, decision aid tools and major changes in crop insurance are on the agenda for discussion.

Attendees will also hear from representatives of the Farm Service Agency, a subsidiary of the USDA, about the commodity program procedures.

The goal of the series is to provide assistance in making key decisions required by the farm bill, with a deadline for decisions set at the end of March.

Common concerns of producers will also be addressed, including word that prices used in the USDA’s calculation did not represent accurate data.

Art Barnaby put these concerns at rest, saying, “The prices being used to calculate payments are not random. There is good data being used. With regard to wheat yield, we also know a lot about the numbers being used. To say ‘it’s a flip of the coin’ is not true.”

Sponsors for the series include Ag Risk Solutions, ARMtech Insurance Services, Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, ProAg and various local sponsors for individual locations.

Jan. 12 – Wichita
Jan. 13 – Pittsburg2014 Farm Bill logo
Jan. 14 – Emporia
Jan. 15 – Ottawa
Jan. 20 – Salina
Jan. 21 – McPherson
Jan. 22 – Pratt
Jan. 26 – Goodland
Jan. 27 – Scott City
Jan. 28 – Liberal
Jan. 29 – Dodge City
Feb. 10 – Phillipsburg
Feb. 11 – Hays
Feb. 12 – Frankfort
Feb. 13 – Atchison

More detailed information, including how to register at a preferred location and details about supporting sponsorships, is available at http://www.agmanager.info/events/FarmBill/. Further information also is available by contacting Rich Llewelyn at rvl@ksu.edu.

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