Northeast Ohio: Plans for farm bill workshops set

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JEFFERSON, Ohio — OSU Extension in Northeast Ohio will be collaborating with local Farm Service Agency offices to offer meetings to discuss the crop side of the 2014 farm bill.

Farm bill changes

The 2014 farm bill has instituted major changes to the federal farm programs which require landowners and farmers to make a couple major decisions during the winter of 2015.

Landowners will need to decide whether or not to update their property’s crop yields and determine whether or not to re-allocate the farm’s base acres by Feb. 27.

Program elimination

The new farm bill also eliminated the Direct Payment, Counter-Cyclical Payment (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) programs that were included in the 2008 farm bill.

These programs were replaced by a choice of three programs that farmers may elect to enroll in for the 2014 to 2018 crop years.

Choices

These programs are Price Loss Coverage (PLC), Agricultural Risk Coverage County Option (ARC-CO), and Agricultural Risk Coverage Individual Coverage (ARC-IC). Producers need to choose their program choice by March 31.

OSU Extension Educator, David Marrison and a local Farm Service Agency Representative will share specifics of the farm bill.
Please note that additional meetings will be scheduled as demand persists. There is no cost to attend but pre-registrations are requested so that adequate handouts can be made.

Details

More information about these programs can also be obtained by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008.

 

Jan. 13
Lorain County Farm Service Agency
42110 Russia Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Call 440-326-5830 to register.

Jan. 14
Trumbull County AG Center
520 West Main Street
Cortland, Ohio 44410
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Call 330- 637-2046, ext 109 to register.

Jan. 15
Akron University- Medina
Medina County University Center (of Akron University)
6300 West Technology Lane
Medina, Ohio 44256
10 a.m. to noon or 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Call 330-722-2628 to register.

Jan. 15
Portage County Ag Center
6970 State Route 88
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Call 330-297-7633, ext 113 to register.

Jan. 20
Trumbull County AG Center
520 West Main Street
Cortland, Ohio 44410
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Call 330- 637-2046, ext 109 to register.

Jan. 22
USDA Service Center
Hopedale, Ohio
10 a.m.
Call 740-942-8823 to register.

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