University of Maryland Extension

Central MD Farm Bill Workshop

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 - 9:30am to 3:00pm
Frederick County UME Office

            The Frederick County Office of University of Maryland Extension will be hosting a Central Maryland Farm Bill Workshop on November 24th.  This workshop will build upon the earlier one held in August and familiarize participants with final rules, signup deadlines, and how to utilize decision tools to choose the program options that work best for a producer. This workshop is in partnership with USDA Farm Service Agency, University of Maryland’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC), Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), and USDA Risk Management Agency. 

            Producers will hear from experts from FSA on the finalized program rules and signup deadlines for the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program, the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, and the new Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP).  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.

            The workshop will run from 9:30 to 3:00 and lunch will be provided.  Preregistration is required. The tentative agenda is as follows:

Time  Session 
9:30 to 10:00   Registration
10:00 to 11:00   Overview of Final Regulations and Deadlines for New Commodity and Dairy Programs, George Turner or Bob Wevodau, MD USDA-FSA
11:00 to 12:00 The Decision Tool: Walking Through An Example, Paul Goeringer, AREC
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch
1:00 to 1:30  Crop Insurance Update, Gene Gantz, USDA-RMA 
1:30 to 3:00  Evaluations and Producers Using Decision Tools – Trainers will help answer questions to better aid producers use tools on their own

            Preregistration is required on or before November 14. To register, send check ($10.00 per person)  made payable to Frederick County EAC to University of Maryland Extension, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD  21702-8200.

You may also register online by going to (additional fees apply).

Registration fee includes lunch and handout materials. Call 301-600-3576 with questions.

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Equal Access Programs.

For more information:

Stanley W. Fultz

Extension Agent, Dairy Science

330 Montevue Lane

Frederick, MD  21702-8200


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