Farm Service Agency and Extension Launch 2018 Farm Bill Crops Education Meetings
ST. PAUL (Dec. 5, 2019)—Starting this month, the Farm Service Agency and University of Minnesota Extension will begin a series of free education meetings to help crop producers understand decisions regarding the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization of ARC and PLC programs.
The seminars are offered all across the state, being held in 46 different counties and will be led by Extension educators and FSA;no registration is required. Meeting details are available by going to z.umn.edu/2018FarmBill.
The ARC Program is an income support program that provides payments when actual crop revenue declines below a specified guarantee level. The PLC Program provides income support payments when the effective price for a covered commodity falls below its effective reference price.
All farm producers with interest in the cropland must make a farm program election by March 15, 2020. This election will apply to the farm for 2019 and 2020.Crops grown in Minnesota that are covered by this program include: corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, canola, sunflowers, oats, sorghum, lentils, dry peas, garbanzo beans and flax.
“This program offers different options to help producers mitigate risk, but the choice of which program to enroll in can be difficult due to the complexity of it,” said Kevin Klair, University of Minnesota Extension economist and program leader at the Center for Farm Financial Management at the university. “We encourage producers to attend an educational meetingand to use the national decision aid tools to run scenarios for their farm.”
Producers will need to communicate with landowners on program decisions, Klair added. For instance, yield updates are landowner decisions, while other program decisions are made by the farm operator.
Those interested in learning more but unable to attend an in person meeting are encouraged to view online presentations at farmbill.umn.edu. More information from Extension on the Farm Bill and events is available at https://extension.umn.edu/business/abm-events.
For more information on FSA disaster assistance programs, please contact your local USDA service center or visit farmers.gov/recover.
By: John Stenen
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Job 14:1 says, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” We all have tough times in our lives. We generally do not like these times but they can be very beneficial to building our character and increasing our faith, if we keep our eyes on Jesus Christ (who is the Author and Finisher of our faith).“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Prov. 3:5).
My faith is in Jesus Christ. I care not what troubles, difficulties or set-backs, may come against me in life, for my trust is in Jesus who is “able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all I can ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Eph 3:20). Jesus also said to us in John 16:33, “These things have I spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” What a great way to live, knowing that God is in control of my life, and He is my Savior, my deliverer, my healer, my provider, my righteousness. He is my all in all. God bless!