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Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

Farm Bill education courses available

December 11, 2019

University of Minnesota Extension and the USDA's Farm Service Agency offer free seminars to help farmers understand decisions about the 2018 Farm Bill. 

The seminars are offered in 46 counties and will be led by Extension educators and FSA; no registration is required. Details are available here.

Corn being poured into a semi.

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. Minnesota-grown crops 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. “We encourage producers to attend an educational meeting and to use the national decision aid tools to run scenarios for their farm.”

Online presentations are available 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.


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