Mid-South farmers have experienced one of their wettest springs ever at the same time they’re trying to learn the ins and out of a new farm bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014.
To help growers navigate these unfamiliar waters, the University of Arkansas Extension Service will host a webinar on “Disaster Assistance Considerations (Key Focus: Flood Damage Assistance) and Crop Insurance: Prevented Planted and Failed Acreage Considerations.
The webinar, which will be chaired by Bobby Coats, professor, University of Arkansas, along with co-hosts, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward and Tony Franco, chief of the Farm Programs Division, Arkansas Farm Service Agency, will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday (June 8).
Farmers interested in participating should log in to the webinar a few minutes before 2 p.m. central daylight time, on June 8. To register, click on the following URL: https://uaex.zoom.us/webinar/register/1f39070bedc512c4cde7dc3c8da9331e.
Secretary Ward, who was named to his new post by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson earlier this year, will speak along with Franco and Larry McMaster, senior risk management specialist at the Jackson Regional Office of USDA’s Risk Management Agency in Jackson, Miss.
Resource panelists for the webinar will be Hank Chaney, staff chairman of the Faulkner County Extension office, on agronomics; Joe Paul Stuart, staff chairman, Little River County Extension office on livestock issues; and Forrest Laws, content director, Delta Farm Press. Mary Poling, coordinator for interactive communications at the U of A, is the producer for the webinar series.
The University of Arkansas Food and Agribusiness Webinar Series began with briefings on the new farm bill in 2014. The latest webinar, the U.S. and Global Outlook for Rice with Nathan Childs, USDA Economic Research Service, can be viewed by clicking on http://youtu.be/4Ftjq5gigR0.