University of Nebraska Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) are planning a series of Farm Bill education meetings in late November through December in Nebraska to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions.

The 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law last December, reauthorized the existing Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) commodity crop safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill, however, producers will need to make new program enrollment decisions over the coming months.

“These in-person meetings are being planned as a supplement to available online resources," said Nancy Johner, State Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska. "We encourage producers to educate themselves on the ARC and PLC changes and then plan to attend a meeting in their local area for additional informational support."

"While the ARC and PLC programs and enrollment decision may look familiar, the circumstances for a new decision are very different than they were in 2014," said Brad Lubben Extension Policy Specialist at UNL. "Education and analysis will help producers prepare for the decisions they have ahead."

Meetings are being held for many locations across the state which includes Beatrice on December 17, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the 4-H Building, Gage County Fairgrounds.  The meeting host is Extension Educator Austin Duerfeldt.  An additional meeting organized by local FSA Executive Directors and Extension Educator Randy Pryor will be held in Fairbury at the 4-H Building, Fairgrounds, Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Pryor is encouraging pre-registrations for all of these meetings to insure the proper number of handouts.  Register at http://go.unl.edu/farmbill for these meetings.  Or if you are not comfortable registering online, call the Saline County Extension Office at 402-821-2151. 

At the Saline Center and Fairbury meetings, speakers will include Aaron Peithmann or Joni Johnson from Farm Services Agency, a local NRCS representative, Austin Duerfeldt, UNL, and Randy Pryor, UNL.  Pryor will give tips on using the computer decision aide tools developed by Texas A&M and Illinois.  Duerfeldt indicated another local option meeting will be held at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva beginning at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

Additional information regarding the 2018 Farm Bill resources can be found at farmbill.unl.edu or at the Nebraska FSA website at fsa.usda.gov/ne.  All meetings will be free and open to the public. People with any disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in these meetings should contact Randy Pryor at 402-821-2151.