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Cotton stripping on the Texas South Plains.

AgriLife Extension to offer Seed Cotton Farm Bill Training Oct. 16 in Lubbock

Workshop to help producers choose between PLC or ARC.

A Seed Cotton Farm Bill Training will be held Oct. 16 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock.

The center is located north of the airport on Interstate 27. Take Exit 11, turn right on Farm-to-Market Road 1294 and go a quarter mile.

The program will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and conclude at noon. There will be no registration fee. It is sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Plains Cotton Growers.

Jackie Smith, AgriLife Extension economist at Lubbock, said the workshop will help producers choose between the Price Loss Coverage, PLC, or Agricultural Risk Coverage, ARC.

The program signup deadline is Dec. 7, Smith said. Producers must complete three steps: update program yields, allocate generic base acres and select one of the two safety net programs, ARC or PLC.

Guest speakers at the meeting, in addition to Smith, will be Shawn Wade, Plains Cotton Growers, Lubbock; Clay Evans, USDA Farm Service Agency Lubbock office; and Will Keeling, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist, Lubbock.

Topics to be covered will include the signup process for seed cotton in the farm bill, using the decision tool in that process, and knowing when ARC is better and the risks involved in choosing it.

For more information, call Smith at 806-746-6101.

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