FAQ: New rules and options regarding USDA’s farm program have left me with more questions than answers. How can I figure out whether I should enroll in the new Average Crop Revenue Election or stay with the current farm program?
Answer: Tune-in to the 2009 Farm Program Web cast June 15 at 7 p.m., sponsored by Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa State University and USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Iowa.
The Web cast will feature several experts to help farmers decide on 2009 farm program enrollment. Speakers include: Kevin McClure, farm program specialist from the FSA state office in Des Moines, who will explain farm program eligibility and payment limitations; Chad Hart, ISU Extension grain marketing economist, who will discuss USDA’s new ACRE program; and Iowa Farm Bureau economist Sterling Liddell, who will use examples to illustrate the types of ACRE decisions farmers will have to make.
“We know farmers have a lot of questions, especially about the ACRE program, which provides revenue protection using new state and federal farm level triggers. Farmers need to decide this summer whether that protection is better than the existing program for their farms,” says Farm Bill Web cast program coordinator Ed Kordick, commodity services manager for Iowa Farm Bureau.
Watch on your computer or attend meeting
The Web cast will start at 7 p.m. and lasts 90 minutes. There is no charge. Farmers will be able to view this free event on their computers in their homes. Or they can go to a local group meeting and watch it there if they choose.
For registration information, go to www.iowafarmbureau.com and click on the Farm Bill Web cast logo.
Local group meetings have been set up at 49 locations throughout the state as an alternative for people who do not have high speed internet at home, or for folks who would simply rather view the Web cast as part of a group.
A list of the local meeting sites is on the Farm Bureau web site. Farm Service Agency staff have been invited to attend the meetings to answer farm program questions from farmers.
For more information about ACRE, DCP and other programs, visit your local USDA Service Center or your FSA county office. You can also get information on-line at www.fsa.usda.gov.
If you have a question you'd like answered regarding the new USDA farm program, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will pass it on to the ISU Extension specialists or to the program specialists at USDA's Farm Service Agency office in Des Moines and they will send you the answer.
For more information and analysis of the new farm program, see ISU's Ag Decision Maker site www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm. For clarification on farm program details contact your local FSA office.