The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) is hosting a Farm Bill Explanation Tour April 22-24 at five locations in eastern Colorado to explain the “The Agriculture Act of 2014” (2014 Farm Bill) recently passed by Congress. The meetings are being co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Colorado Farm Bureau and the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee.
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Other Farm Bill Explanation Tour will make stops April 22-24 included: Lamar, Burlington, Limon and Greeley.
The 5-year bill, which replaces the “Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008” (2008 Farm Bill) provides farmers with a one-time election to enroll in Ag Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. If no decision is made, payments are forfeited for the 2014 crop year and PLC is established for 2015-18.
“With the pending implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, CAWG believes it is important to inform producers how the new Farm Bill will affect their farming operations and future decisions,” said CAWG President Mark Linnebur, a wheat farmer from Byers. “We are very excited to be able to present such a diverse program to producers.” Linnebur will explain the development and passage of the new Farm Bill by Congress and compare it to the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Farm Bill Plan.
Leland Swenson, state executive director of the Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) office, will discuss implementation of the new Farm Bill by county FSA offices; Jenny Peterson, FSA state farm program chief, will discuss implementation of the commodity programs in the new Farm Bill and answer questions; and Scott Miller, FSA state farm loan chief, will discuss the credit title in the new Farm Bill.
Wayne Myers, director of farm program services and manager at Kennedy and Coe, will focus on the commodity programs, with a detailed review of required elections including base reallocation, yield update and ARC and PLC programs, including county or individual coverage options.
CAWG is a voluntary membership association that lobbies on behalf of wheat growers at the state and national levels of government and provides special programs and benefits to dues-paying members.