Many factors to consider when making farm program decisions

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Brad Lubben, Extension policy specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is one of several farm bill experts around the country who are helping farmers understand and analyze their options with the new federal commodity programs. At a recent ag outlook meeting in Beatrice, Nebraska, we visited with Lubben about the many factors that farmers need… Read more »

Take advantage of educational sessions

There is a lot of information to digest about the new safety net programs available to farmers. Stu Ellis, farm bill educator with the University of Illinois says farmers should really take advantage of the educational programs being offered by Extension and the Farm Service Agency.  “When you look at making a farm bill choice… Read more »

Those Farm Bill meetings can help your bottom line

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As farmers are trying to decide which safety net option to select – the Agricultural Risk Coverage or the Price Loss Coverage program – there is a lot of information digest. Stu Ellis, an educator with the University of Illinois says it’s important farmers to take the time to learn the ins and outs of… Read more »

Ag bankers discuss new commodity programs

With harvest coming to a close, farmers and their bankers will turn their attention to the new commodity programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. Mike Hein, an ag banker from Durant, Iowa says there’s a lot to work through. “The thing that does make it a little bit difficult is there are quite a few… Read more »

Training on dairy Margin Protection Program offered

Purdue Extension will offer a series of training sessions to help dairy producers understand the details of the Margin Protection Program as part of the new farm bill. The first four meetings will be presented by Chris Wolf, Michigan State University ag economics professor who was integral in developing the analytical tools for MPP; the… Read more »

APH could be ‘lifeline’ for drought plagued growers

The new farm bill provision called Actual Production History Yield Exclusion (APH) has the potential to be a lifeline for farmers following crop losses due to bad weather.  Texas Panhandle farmer Wade Cowan tells Brownfield he’s had four years of drought that were preceded by a hail-out. “Basically we’ve been sitting for the last five… Read more »

USDA implements APH Yield Exclusion

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The USDA has implemented a Farm Bill initiative to provide emergency relief from drought and other severe weather conditions. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion will apply to Spring 2015 crops including corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, barley, canola, sunflowers, peanuts, and popcorn. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA’s Risk Management… Read more »

Economist: margin protection program a positive step

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Dairy producers are able to choose their level of protection of the margin between the cost of feed and the income from marketing milk. Scott Brown, a livestock and dairy economist at the University of Missouri, talked with Brownfield Ag News about some of the features of the 2014 farm bill dairy margin protection program…. Read more »

MU Farm Program meetings in November

Four meetings are being held for Missouri farmers looking for assistance in deciding which farm programs to choose. The University of Missouri is hosting the free meetings on November 10, 11 and 12th to be led by M-U Extension specialists: November 10, Miner-Sikeston area, Miner Convention Center (10 am til 2 pm) November 11, Macon,… Read more »

Similar outcomes expected in farm tools

Farmers have the option of choosing between two online tools to help them determine which commodity program to sign up for – the Price Loss Coverage or Agricultural Risk Coverage.  But could the two tools contradict each other? We asked Jonathan Coppess with the University of Illinois – where one of the online tools was… Read more »