Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Jackie Smith, 806-746-6101, email@example.com
LUBBOCK – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a free two-day workshop at Lubbock that will cover the basics and options related to the new seed cotton addition to the current Farm Bill.
The event runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Aug. 28-29 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center.
The center is located north past the airport on Interstate 27. Take exit 11 and turn right on Farm-to-Market Road 1294, then proceed for a quarter mile.
Jackie Smith, AgriLife Extension economist at Lubbock, said the workshop will cover the basics of farm bill-related legislation in the first session each day before breaking into groups to spend more time with available online decision-making software.
“We’ll be using the online decision tool developed by the Texas A&M Policy Center to help producers choose between the Price Loss Coverage, PLC, or Agricultural Risk Coverage, ARC,” Smith said.
Smith said participants should bring their own computer to enter their data.
“We’d like those attending to run at least one farm number through the system to help them in making the ARC/PLC decision,” Smith said. “To make the best use of their time, they should also bring their farm information from the Farm Service Agency and also from their crop insurance agent.”
Topics to be covered will include a legislation overview, the signup process, using the decision tool, and knowing when ARC is better and the risks involved in choosing it.
For more information, call Smith at 806-746-6101.