Second farm bill meeting scheduled

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Second farm bill meeting scheduled

Farmers and landowners will learn about the new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill) at an informational meeting conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and local USDA Farm Service Agency staff members. Meetings will be held the Story County Extension & Outreach office in Nevada.

The Farm Bill – Program Overview meetings will focus on the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) that will be administered by USDA Farm Service Agency, and the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) administered by USDA Risk Management Agency through federal crop insurance providers.

“We are prepared to discuss decisions farmers and landowners will need to make in the coming months as they consider all their options,” said Kelvin Leibold, Ag and Farm Management Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “We’ll cover the timeline for when decisions need to be made along with information about our online Farm Bill decision tools.”

The main topics that will be covered during the meetings are:

*Base reallocation

*Yield updating

*Price Loss Coverage (PLC)

*Ag Risk Coverage (ARC)

*Implications of PLC and ARC on participation in the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO)

*Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP)

*Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

The Story County Extension and Outreach Finalizing ARC PLC Decisions meeting will be held on December 9 beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Nevada.

This meeting will last approximately 2 ½ hours. The meeting is open to the public. This meeting is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

To register for this meeting by December 8 or for more information about ISU Extension and Outreach programs and services, contact the Story County Extension and Outreach office at (515) 382-6551.

Farm Bill meetings for the fall and winter months continue to be added to the ISU Extension and Outreach Statewide Calendar. For the other meeting locations and dates visit the Ag Decision Maker Farm Bill website at www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/info/farmbill.html. The Ag Decision Maker website also contains useful links and resources related to Farm Bill decision making.