UACES Facebook Farmers can ‘cram’ Farm Bill know-how in expanded webinar, workshop series

Expanded Farm Bill workshop, webinar series allows farmers to ‘cram’ before deadlines

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

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LITTLE ROCK  -- Farmers are racing the clock to learn as much as they can about the 2014 Farm Bill in order to make critical decisions to meet one-time and irrevocable deadlines on Feb. 27 and March 31.

Experts from the Cooperative Extension Service and Farm Service Agency are expanding their series of webinars and in-person workshops that 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.  

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.  3, 9 a.m.: Crop Insurance – Supplemental Coverage Option
Registration link: https://uaex.zoom.us/webinar/register/940f3fe5ad9ab7d6c5b9141539e44ee6

  • Larry McMaster, USDA-Risk Management Agency, Jackson Regional Office

Feb.  4, 9 a.m.: 2014 Peanut Farm Bill Program. Registration link: https://uaex.zoom.us/webinar/register/78362882a7ccd0f2dc2040ba88984b7b

  • Nathan Smith, professor, University of Georgia Agricultural and Applied Economics

Feb. 5, 9 a.m.: 2014 Farm Bill Decision Aid Training & Crop Insurance - Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) for Upland Cotton. Registration link: https://uaex.zoom.us/webinar/register/c6ed14053234bd3e4ac87b605f06faf5

  • 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, and Larry McMaster, USDA-Risk Management Agency, Jackson Regional Office

Feb. 10, 9 a.m.: Crop Insurance – Basic Overview of Row Crop Options
Registration link:  https://uaex.zoom.us/webinar/register/08d18f5da54cbbfe7510d14dfea9e911

  • Larry McMaster, USDA-Risk Management Agency, Jackson Regional Office

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 USDA Baseline Projections Farm Participation Considerations
Registration link: https://uaex.zoom.us/webinar/register/afe927018b6511228c34be5db4a05ad8

  • Nathan Childs, agricultural economist, Economic Research Service, USDA

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.  2, 8:30 a.m. – Lonoke, Lonoke Extension Office.
Contacts:  Jeff Welch jwelch@uaex.edu, (501) 676-3124; Sherry.West@ar.usda.gov; Brad Watkins (870) 673-2661 and Bobby Coats (501) 671-2195

Feb.  3, 9:30 a.m. – Mississippi County, Manila Airport Auditorium. Generic Base, STAX; Registration to begin at 8:30 a.m. Contact: Archie Flanders (870) 526-2199

Feb.  4, 9 a.m. – St. Francis County, Mike’s Restaurant, Colt. Decision Aid workshop. Making Decision for the 2014 Farm Bill, Generic Base, STAX Contact: Archie Flanders (870) 526-2199.       

Feb. 5, 2 p.m. – Stuttgart, Grand Prairie Center. Decision aid demo with James W. Richardson, co-developer, Texas A&M University

Feb. 6, 8 a.m. – Jonesboro, NE Arkansas Fairgrounds. Decision aid demo with James W. Richardson, co-developer, Texas A&M University

Feb.  9, 8:30 a.m. – Lonoke, Lonoke Extension Office.  Decision Aid workshop. Contacts:  Jeff Welch jwelch@uaex.edu, (501) 676-3124; Sherry.West@ar.usda.gov; Brad Watkins (870) 673-2661 and Bobby Coats (501) 671-2195. 

Feb. 12, 8:30 a.m. – Poinsett County, Dixie Gin, Trumann. Decision Aid workshop. Making Decisions for the 2014 Farm Bill, Generic Base, STAX Contact:  Archie Flanders (870) 526-2199.

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. 14, 10 a.m. – Bentonville, location to be announced, Decision Aid workshop. 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. 18, 9:30 a.m. – White County, location to be announced, 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:

Feb. 6, 8 a.m. – Lawrence & Randolph Counties Agri Appreciation Expo 2015, Sloan-Hendrix Gym, Imboden  Contact:  Mike Andrews (870) 892-4504 and Herb Ginn (870) 866-3741

Feb. 10, 2 p.m. – Clarendon, Farm Bureau Building, Contact:  Van Banks (870) 747-3397

Feb. 12, 8 a.m. – Texarkana, Ag Expo, 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: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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