University of Maryland Extension

Upcoming Farm Bill Workshop


The Farm Bill Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 2015, has been CANCELLED due to lack of enrollment.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 



Upcoming Farm Bill Workshops Announced For Maryland Producers 

               USDA – Farm Service Agency University of Maryland’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC), University of Maryland Extension (UME), Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), and USDA – Risk Management Agency would like to announce an upcoming Farm Bill workshop at the University Center Northeastern Maryland (formerly known as the HEAT Center) in Aberdeen, Md. on March 10 from 9:30 to 3pm.  This workshop will build upon the earlier ones held in August and familiarize participants with final rules, signup deadlines, and how to utilize decision tools to pick the program options that work best for a producer.

               Producers will hear from experts with FSA on the finalized program rules and signup deadlines for the new commodity programs Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) programs and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program.  Decision tools developed in partnership with FSA will be highlighted by representatives from the Department of Ag and Resource Economics.  The decision tools are designed to help producers gain an understanding of how these programs could potentially manage risks in their operations.  USDA-RMA will cover new crop insurance options, such as Supplemental Coverage Option.

               Finally, participants will be provided with an opportunity to utilize the web-based decision making tools and ask questions to the trainers.  The decision making process in the 2014 Farm Bill is not an easy process, and understanding how the decision making tools can aid in this decision will allow the producer to make a better decision for their individual operation.  Producers are highly encouraged to bring past yield histories, previous planting histories, and base acres for at least one farm to see how a program would impact your farm.

               PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by March 3.  To register, call the University of Maryland, Cecil County Extension Office at 410-996-5280.  The cost of the workshop is $10 per person to cover the cost of lunch and handout materials.  Payment can be made in advance by mailing a check payable to Cecil County Extension Advisory Council (CCEAC), 200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 1500, Elkton, MD 21921.  Exact cash payments and/or checks can also be made at the door on the event date, but you MUST PREREGISTER.

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