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The National Cotton Council will hold 25 educational workshops across the Cotton Belt to provide its members with information on insurance options for cotton under the Agricultural Act of 2014.

The first meeting will be on Nov. 10 and the last two meetings on Dec. 10.

The meetings will provide an in-depth look at the new Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) and the Supplemental Coverage Option. Coverage levels, expected yields and premium rates will be covered in detail in order to better equip producers with the information necessary to evaluate the insurance options for 2015.

The sessions also will include an update on overall farm bill implementation. Each meeting will include a question/answer session.

“This new five-year comprehensive farm law features a greater reliance on crop insurance programs, and our producer members need to understand their options,” NCC President/CEO Mark Lange said. “As with our previous farm bill educational meetings in February, the Council encourages all producers, cotton industry firms and agribusinesses to attend any of these important meetings.”

The schedule of meetings in Mid-South states is (all times local):


Dothan — November 19, 3 p.m. National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds - Volunteer Building, 5622 Highway 231 South.

Belle Mina — November 20, 9 a.m. Tennessee Valley Research & Extension Center, 9494 Experimental Loop.


Blytheville — November 20, 2 p.m. Arkansas Northeastern College - Governor’s Ballroom/Statehouse Hall Bldg, 2501 South Division Street.

McGehee — November 19, 1:30 p.m. McGehee Men’s Club, #1 Airport Road South.


Monroe — November 18, 9 a.m. Bayou DeSiard Country Club, 3501 Forsythe Avenue.


Stoneville — November 19, 9 a.m. Delta Branch Experiment Center - Capps Center, 82 Stoneville Rd.


Jackson — November 20, 9 a.m. West Tennessee Research & Education Center - Room A 605 Airways Boulevard.

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