Arkansas Farm Bill Workshops scheduled for farmers

Learn to use web-based decision tools Includes discussion of Yield Update, Base Reallocation, ARC, PLC, and SCO

New Farm Bill Workshop Sessions have been added to the more than one dozen already scheduled across Arkansas, including four sessions devoted to the computer-based Farm Bill Decision Aid, according to Robert Coats, professor-economics for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Workshops have been added at Augusta in Woodruff County, Portland in Ashley County, Keiser and Manila in Mississippi County and McGehee in Chicot County. There are four Farm Bill Decision Aid sessions, with two each in Jonesboro and West Memphis.

The following workshops are being conducted by Tony Franco, FSA’s chief of Farm Programs, Anita Wilson, Agricultural Program specialist with FSA, Coats and other FSA and Division of Agriculture specialists.

The program includes FSA information requirements and the following topics will be covered include:

• Required information;

• Retain or Update Yields;

• Retain or Reallocate Base;

• Compare Agricultural Risk Coverage, or ARC, and Price Loss Coverage, or PLC;

• Consider Agricultural Risk Coverage — individual coverage;

• Supplemental Coverage Option, or SCO, and STAX offered under the federal crop insurance program;

• Election and annual enrollment; and

• Web-based decision aid demonstration with examples.

The schedule and local contacts for registration for each Farm Bill workshop event:

Nov. 5, 9 a.m. - noon - Newport, ASU-Newport. Contacts: Jim Barnes, (870) 523-8986 x105; Sarah Metzger, [email protected] or (870) 523-7450.

Nov. 6, 9 a.m.- noon — Pocahontas, Black River Technical College, Development Center Auditorium. Contact: Mike Andrews, [email protected] or (870) 892-4504.

Nov. 7, 9 a.m.- noon — Paragould, Paragould Community Center. Contacts: Allen Davis, [email protected] or (870) 236-6921; Dave Freeze, [email protected] or (870) 236-6921.

Nov. 10, 6 p.m. — West Memphis, Mid-South Community College. Contact: Russell Parker, [email protected] or (870) 739-3239.

Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-noon, McCrory, Three County Fair Grounds Entertainment Building, Contact Eugene Terhune, [email protected] or (870) 347-2556.

Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-noon, Portland, Portland Baptist Church. Contact Kevin Norton, [email protected] or (870) 853-2080.

Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-noon, Keiser, Northeast Research and Extension Center. Contacts: Ray Benson, [email protected] or (870) 762-20175; Keith Morris, FSA, [email protected].

Nov. 17, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Manila. Airport Center. Contacts: Ray Benson, [email protected] or (870) 762-20175; Keith Morris, FSA, [email protected].

Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-noon — Marianna, Lon Mann Cotton Research Station. Contacts: Shawn Payne, [email protected] or (870) 338-8027; Robert Goodson, [email protected] or (870) 338-8027; Stan Baker, [email protected] or (870) 295-7720; Van Banks, [email protected], (870) 747-3397.

Nov. 19, 8:30 a.m. - noon — Stuttgart, Rice Research and Extension Center. Contacts: Chuck Capps, [email protected] or (870) 946-3231; Grant Beckwith, [email protected], (870) 673-2661.

Nov. 20, 9 a.m.- noon — Morrilton, Conway County Fair Grounds Multi-Purpose Building. Contact: Kevin VanPelt, [email protected] or (501) 354-9618.

Dec. 17, 9 a.m.-noon - McGehee - McGehee Men’s Club, #1 Airport Road South. Contact: Wes Kirkpatrick, [email protected] or 870-222-3972 and Gus Wilson, [email protected] or (870) 265-8055.

The other workshops provide hands-on training on the farm bill decision aid developed by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri. These sessions will be conducted by Scott Stiles, an Extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Brad Watkins, a Division of Agriculture economist based at the Rice Research and Extension Center, will be available at the two Jonesboro meetings to discuss long grain and medium grain rice considerations.

The Farm Bill Web-Based Decision Aid Session schedule:

Nov. 4, 6 p.m. West Memphis - Mid-South Community College, Reynolds Building, Room 113. This session is limited to 20 participants each and pre-event registration is required. Contact Russ Parker at (870) 739.3239 or Scott Stiles at (870) 972.2481 to register.

Nov. 6, p.m., Jonesboro - Arkansas State University College of Agriculture, Ag 242. This session is limited to 25 participants and pre-event registration is required. Contact Scott Stiles at (870) 972-2481.

Nov. 18, 6 p.m. West Memphis - Mid-South Community College, Reynolds Building, Room 113. This session is limited to 20 participants each and attendees must register before the event. Contact Russ Parker at (870) 739-3239 or Scott Stiles at (870) 972-2481 to register.

Nov. 20, 6 p.m., Jonesboro - Arkansas State University College of Agriculture, Ag 242. This session is limited to 25 participants and pre-event registration is required. Contact Scott Stiles at (870) 972-248.

The workshops are being offered jointly by the Farm Service Agency and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. There is no cost to attend and the daytime meetings include lunch.

“We are grateful for the support and sponsorship of Zac Bradley of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation; Andrew Grobmyer of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas, and Ben Noble, of the Arkansas Rice Federation,” Coats said.

Producers with questions about the 2014 Farm Bill can also contact:

• Bobby Coats, 501-671-2195.

• Brad Watkins, professor-agricultural economics, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, 870-673-2661.

• Archie Flanders, assistant professor agricultural economics, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Keiser, 870-526-2199, x108.

• Scott Stiles, instructor-agricultural economics, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Jonesboro, 870-972-2481.

For more information on the 2014 Farm Bill, visit www.uaex.edu/farm-ranch/economics-marketing/farm-bill/.

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