Farm Bill Explanation Tour Scheduled at Five Locations
Contact: Glenda Mostek Communications and Marketing Director firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 970-449-6994 It was great to see so many of you at the Farm Bill Explanation Meetings! If you missed the meetings, you can watch a recorded webcast here: http://www.ihigh.com/barnmedia/. Thank you to Brian Allmer and BARN Media for webcasting and recording. If you would like the packet of materials from the meetings, please email me with your name and address and I will send you one, we have a few left over. I can also send you the electronic version. Downloads of all the handouts from the Farm Bill Explanation tour: From Wayne Myers, Kennedy and Coe How to Access County Average Yield Data (483) Base Reallocation Worksheet (569) Base Yield PLC ARC Farm Example (994) Ten Things Ag Producers Need to do Now (517) PLC Reference Prices Loan Rates PLC Max Rate Worksheet (510) Yield Update Worksheet (586) From FSA: 2014 Farm Bill Highlights (514) Changes to the Farm Loan Program in the 2014 Farm Bill (501) Farm Loan Program - Beginning Farmers (460) Farm Loan Program Information Chart (479) Farm Loan Program Overview (484) Livestock Forage Disaster Program (449) Livestock Indemnity Program (436) Microloans (499) What is in the 2014 Farm Bill? (468) The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) is hosting a Farm Bill Explanation Tour April 22-24 at five locations in eastern Colorado to explain the “The Agriculture Act of 2014” (2014 Farm Bill) recently passed by Congress.The meetings are being co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Colorado Farm Bureau and the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee. The 5-year bill, which replaces the “Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008” (2008 Farm Bill) provides farmers with a one-time election to enroll in Ag Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. If no decision is made, payments are forfeited for the 2014 crop year and PLC is established for 2015-18.“With the pending implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, CAWG believes it is important to inform producers how the new Farm Bill will affect their farming operations and future decisions,” said CAWG President Mark Linnebur, a wheat farmer from Byers. “We are very excited to be able to present such a diverse program to producers.” Linnebur will explain the development and passage of the new Farm Bill by Congress and compare it to the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Farm Bill Plan. Leland Swenson, state executive director of the Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) office, will discuss implementation of the new Farm Bill by county FSA offices; Jenny Peterson, FSA state farm program chief, will discuss implementation of the commodity programs in the new Farm Bill and answer questions; and Scott Miller, FSA state farm loan chief, will discuss the credit title in the new Farm Bill. Wayne Myers, director of farm program services and manager at Kennedy and Coe, will focus on the commodity programs, with a detailed review of required elections including Base Reallocation, Yield Update, Price Loss Coverage (PLC), and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) including the County or Individual Coverage option. The Farm Bill Explanation Tour will make stops in Lamar, Burlington, Limon, Sterling and Greeley. Following is the list of dates, times and locations: • 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, Ports to Plains Travel Plaza, Lamar (complimentary continental breakfast) • 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, Community Center, Burlington, (complimentary refreshments) • 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 23, Hub City Senior Center, Limon (complimentary continental breakfast) • 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, Northeastern Junior College, Hays Student Center, Ballroom, Sterling (complimentary refreshments) • 7:30 a.m., Thursday, April 24, Island Grove Park Events Center, Room A, Greeley (complimentary continental breakfast) CAWG is a voluntary membership association that lobbies on behalf of wheat growers at the state and national levels of government and provides special programs and benefits to dues-paying members.