UACES Facebook Cooperative Extension Service, Farm Service Agency expands list of Farm Bill webinar and workshop offerings

Cooperative Extension Service, Farm Service Agency expands list of Farm Bill webinar and workshop offerings

Fast Facts:

    • Webinars will last about 30 minutes, plus Q&A sessions for specific concerns
    • Participants must register online, in advance or during the program
    • There is no cost to attend

LITTLE ROCK  -- As the deadline for growers to make important decisions regarding the 2014 Farm Bill approaches, the Cooperative Extension Service and the Farm Service Agency have further expanded the number of available workshops and webinars. Several critical and irrevocable decisions must be made by Feb. 27 and March 31.

The series of webinars and in-person workshops began last year and are slated to continue through March. There is no cost to attend either the in-person workshops or the webinars.

The new schedule also features three events featuring one of the key co-developers of the web-based decision aid to help farmers make solid decisions.  (See http://www.uaex.edu/media-resources/news/feburary-2015/02-02-2015-Ark-Decision-Aid-Demos/aspx)

The webinars will help participants learn about Farm Service Agency Farm Bill programs and decisions specific to row crop production in Arkansas, including:

    • Base Acre Reallocation
    • Yield updates
    • Agricultural Risk Coverage
    • Price Loss Coverage
    • Supplemental Coverage Option
    • Web-based decision aids
    • other related programs 

The deadline for the base acreage and yield decision is Feb. 27. The deadline for decisions about agricultural risk coverage and price loss coverage is March 31.

WEBINARS
Individuals wishing to participate in the webinars must register for each session separately. The webinars are conducted through a software program called Zoom. Upon registration, users will receive an email confirmation with the link to join the webinar and the system requirements for Zoom.


Feb. 11, 9 a.m.: Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)
Registration link: https://uaex.zoom.us/webinar/register/a1760071616b80137c24e00bf0acd2b8

    • Tony Franco, chief of Farm Programs, Arkansas Farm Service Agency

Feb. 13, 9 a.m.: Rice Outlook and Agricultural and Food Policy Center Outlook for Representative Crop Farms
Registration link: https://uaex.zoom.us/webinar/register/afe927018b6511228c34be5db4a05ad8

    • Nathan Childs, agricultural economist, Economic Research Service, USDA
    • James W. Richardson, regents professor & AgriLife Research senior faculty fellow, co-director Agricultural and Food Policy Center Department of Agricultural Economics Texas A&M University

Feb. 17, 9 a.m.: To Be Announced
Feb.  19, 9 a.m.: NASS - Calculating the Marketing Year Average Price
Registration link: https://uaex.zoom.us/webinar/register/487766167408f21766858a512be5123a

    • Eugene Young, deputy director, USDA-NASS, Delta Regional Office

Feb. 24, 9 a.m.: To Be Announced

Feb. 26, 9 a.m.: To Be Announced
Schedule for March forthcoming.
 

DECISION-AID WORKSHOPS

Coats said the team was expanding the workshops designed to aid growers in using a web-based decision tool. The expanded schedule:

Feb. 12, 8:30 a.m. – Poinsett County, Dixie Gin, Trumann AR. Decision Aid workshop.

Making Decisions for the 2014 Farm Bill, Generic Base, STAX Contact:  Archie Flanders (870) 526-2199.

Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m. – West Memphis, Midsouth Community College.  Texas A&M Farm Bill Decision Aid.  Scott Stiles presenting.  Contact:  Russ Parker  (870) 739-3239

Feb. 13, 8 a.m. – Poinsett County, Weiner Rice Festival Building. Decision Aid workshop.

Making Decisions for the 2014 Farm Bill, Generic Base, STAX

Contact: Archie Flanders (870) 526-2199.

Feb. 13, 2 p.m. – Conway,  Faulkner County Extension Office , 844 Faulkner Street. Farm Bill Decision Aid Training. Scott Stiles presenting.  Contact:  Hank Chaney (501) 329-8344

Feb. 14, 10 a.m. – Fayetteville, Washington County Farm Bureau, Decision Aid workshop. Bobby Coats presenting. Contacts: Johnny Gunsaulis, jgunsaulis@uaex.edu, (479) 271-1060 

Feb. 16, 9 a.m. – Stuttgart, Rice Research and Extension Center. Decision Aid workshop.
Contacts: Brad Watkins (870) 673-2661, Danny Hoots (870) 946-3331 ext 2, or
Bobby Coats (502) 671-2195.

Feb. 17, 6:00 p.m. – Jonesboro, ASU College of Agriculture.  Texas A&M Farm Bill Decision Aid.  Scott Stiles and local county FSA staff presenting.  Contact:  Scott Stiles  (870) 972-2481

Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m. – White County, ASU-Searcy, Tech East Building, Making Decisions for the 2014 Farm Bill Contact:  Archie Flanders (870) 526-2199.

Feb. 23, 9 a.m. – Stuttgart, Rice Research and Extension Center. Decision Aid workshop.  
Contact: Brad Watkins (870) 673-2661, Danny Hoots (870) 946-3331 ext 2, or
Bobby Coats (501) 671-2195.
Additional area meetings are set for:

Feb. 12, 8 a.m. – Texarkana, Four States Fairgrounds, Ag Expo. Bobby Coats presenting.
Contact:  Jennifer Caraway, (870) 779-3609

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

    • Bobby Coats, Professor – Agricultural Economics, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, 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, 870-526-2199 x108.
    • Scott Stiles, Instructor – Agricultural Economics, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, 870-972-2481.

For more information about the Farm Bill series contact your county extension office or visit www.uaex.edu/farmbill.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Ryan McGeeney
Content Specialist 
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2120
rmcgeeney@uaex.edu

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