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Farm bill information meetings set for Tennessee

A series of Farm Bill Information Sessions in August will help Tennessee farmers navigate the Agricultural Act of 2014 and make informed decisions for their farming operations.

A total of four sessions will be held across the state. University experts will cover Title 1 program options, deadlines and requirements. They’ll also address tools available in the marketplace.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Farm Credit Mid-America, Tennessee Soybean Association and Tennessee Farm Bureau will host the series.

Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

• Aug. 18, 7 p.m. CDT, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 605 Airways Boulevard, Jackson, Tenn.

• Aug. 19, 7 p.m. CDT, Tennessee Tractor, LLC, 500 Community Park Drive, Dyersburg, Tenn.

• Aug. 20, 2 p.m. CDT, Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 1003 Hedgemont Avenue, Fayetteville, Tenn.

• Aug. 21, 7 p.m. EDT, Plant Biotechnology Building, 2505 E. J. Chapman Drive, Knoxville, Tenn.

Session attendees are asked to pre-register by Aug. 8.

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Information presented at the sessions is of paramount importance to producers. As part of the new bill, spending for Title I, or commodity programs, was reduced and more money was allocated to crop insurance. In addition, Title I programs shifted significantly from direct and counter-cyclical payments to a risk management safety net requiring farmers to make individualized decisions for their farms. The program options chosen by producers will remain in place for the life of the farm bill, which is five years.

Online registration is available at http://www.e-farmcredit.com/FarmBill2014. You many also register by contacting your local Farm Credit Mid-America office at (800) 444-FARM or by contacting the UT Extension office in your county.

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