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Additional in-person demos added for key developer of 2014 Farm Bill Decision aid


Fast facts

  • Co-developer of Farm Bill decision aid to offer five demos, four in-person
  • Feb. 4 features webinar and in-person demonstration at Lonoke
  • Feb. 5 features webinar and in-person demonstration at Stuttgart
  • Feb. 6 demonstration in person at Jonesboro and ASU Newport
  • For info: contact Robert Coats, 501-671-2195
  • Demos are part of a wider schedule of education sessions to run through March

 LITTLE ROCK – Two more locations and times have been added to the schedule of in-person demonstrations of the web-based Farm Bill decision aid by one of its creators.

 The new schedule now includes in-person demos at Lonoke and Newport.

 Leading the demonstrations is James Richardson, co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M. The center, along with the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri, were awarded a grant by the USDA to develop the decision aid.

 The five demonstrations are:

  • Feb. 5, 9 a.m. – webinar. Participants may register using this link:
    • Richardson will have a 2014 Farm Bill Decision Aid Training Session
    • Larry McMaster, USDA-Risk Management Agency, Jackson, Mississippi, Regional Office will discuss the Crop Insurance - Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) for Upland Cotton.

• Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m. – In-person demonstration, Lonoke, Lonoke Community Center.

  • Feb. 5, 2 p.m. – In-person demonstration, Stuttgart, Grand Prairie Center.
  • Feb. 6, 8 a.m. – In-person demonstration, Jonesboro. NE Arkansas Fairgrounds.
  • Feb. 6, noon – In-person demonstration, Newport, ASU Newport. 

The decision aid has been vetted by Farm Service Agency and counts more than 20,000 users from across the United States. The web-based decision aid provides easy data entry and management by farmers to answer these and other questions: 

  1. Will my payment yield increase if I certify my yields with Farm Service Agency?
  2. What are my potential base acres if I reallocate base?
  3. What is the economic benefit (expected payments) if I reallocate my base acres?
  4. Should I sign up all of my crops in the same program: Price Loss Coverage, PLC, or Agricultural Risk Coverage, ARC?
  5. Should I elect PLC or ARC on different farm numbers and for different crops?
  6. How can I assign or deploy my generic (formally cotton) base acres?
  7. Should I buy Supplemental Coverage Option, or SCO, if I elect PLC on each crop?
  8. Should I change my underlying crop insurance coverage?
  9. What is my most profitable crop insurance policy and level of coverage for each crop?
  10. Should I buy SCO or STAX for my cotton?

For more information about the Farm Bill series contact your county extension office or visit


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: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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