BOZEMAN – Montana USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Montana State University (MSU) Extension announce another series of agricultural producer meetings that will be held across the state in January 2015 to cover important new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill).
The meetings will involve a more in-depth presentation on the FSA’s Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, new 2015 program changes to the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) Buy-Up option. MSU Extension will present an analysis of Farm Bill programs and an explanation of several Farm Bill Decision Tools available to producers in understanding options under ARC, PLC, and NAP-Buy-Up.
The 2014 Farm Bill authorizes three FSA program election options: PLC, ARC-County (ARC-CO) and ARC-Individual (ARC-IC). Producers must make a one-time decision to retain or reallocate crop acreage bases, to retain or update program payment yields and elect the type of coverage (price protection, county revenue protection, and/or individual revenue protection) for the 2014-18 crop years.
Below are the dates/towns/times/meeting location and addresses. For more information, including a printable schedule, visit MSU Extension’s Farm Bill website at http://www.montana.edu/farmbill and Montana FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov/mt. If you have any questions, please contact your local FSA office.
- Jan. 13: Deer Lodge, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Powell County Community Center (416 Cottonwood Ave.)
- Jan. 20: Livingston, 2 to 4:30 p.m., MSU Park County Extension Office (119 South 3rd St.)
- Jan. 21: Townsend, 8 to 10:30 a.m., 4-H Building at the Townsend Fairgrounds (189 Hwy 12 East)
- Jan. 21: Dillon, 1:30 to 4 p.m., USDA Service Center Conference Room (420 Barrett Street)
- Jan. 22: Columbus, 8 to 10:30 a.m., Columbus Fire Hall (944 East Pike Ave.)
- Jan. 22: Ryegate, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Ryegate Fire Hall Training Room (105 Kemp Street)
- Jan. 22: Lewistown, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Yogo Inn (211 E. Main)
- Jan. 23: Jordan, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Old Grade School Building (208 Main Street)
- Jan. 26: Kalispell, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Hampton Inn (1140 U.S. 2)
- Jan. 27: Cut Bank, 8 to 10:30 a.m., Cut Bank Elks Lodge (18 S Central)
- Jan. 27: Conrad, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Pondera Golf Course (847 Conrad-Dupuyer Rd.)
- Jan. 27: Fort Benton, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Ag Center (1205 20th St.)
- Jan. 28: Chester, 8 to 10:30 a.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall (10 East Madison Ave.)
- Jan. 28: Chinook, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Blaine County Library (94 4th St.)
- Jan. 28: Glasgow, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Cottonwood Inn (45 1st Ave. NE)
- Jan. 29: Scobey, 8 to 10:30 a.m., Scobey Lutheran Education Center (202 Timmons)
- Jan. 29: Culbertson, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Dry Prairie Rural Water Office (5998 Highway 16)
- Jan. 29: Glendive, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Dawson County Courthouse Community Room (207 Bell Street)
- Jan. 30: Forsyth, 8 to 10:30 a.m., Haugo Center (1 Rosebud Drive)
- Jan. 30: Hardin, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Big Horn County Courthouse (121 3rd St. West)
For online farm bill resources, visit MSU Extension’s Farm Bill website at http://www.montana.edu/farmbill, FSA’s ARC-PLC page at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc, FSA’s national Farm Bill website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/farmbill and Montana FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov/mt.
Source: Montana FSA & MSU Extension
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