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NCC to Hold STAX/farm bill workshops in Cotton Belt

Cotton Belt meetings will provide an in-depth look at the new Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) and the Supplemental Coverage Option

The National Cotton Council (NCC) has scheduled 25 educational meetings across the Cotton Belt to provide members with in-depth information regarding insurance options for cotton under The Agricultural Act of 2014.

The first meeting will be November 10 and the last two December 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 to better equip producers with information necessary to evaluate insurance options for 2015. The sessions also will include an update on overall farm bill implementation. Each meeting will include a question/answer session.

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NCC President/CEO Mark Lange said, “This new five-year comprehensive farm law features a greater reliance on crop insurance programs, and our producer members need to understand their options. 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 listed by state 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


Casa Grande – November 11, 9 a.m. The Property Conference Center - Ellington Ballroom, 1251 West Gila Bend Highway


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


Coalinga – November 10, 9 a.m. Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant - Garden Ballroom, 24505 West Dorris Avenue


Statesboro – November 18, 3 p.m. Bulloch County Ag Center, 151 Langston Chapel Road

Tifton – November 19, 9 a.m. UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Small Auditorium, 15 RDC Road


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

North Carolina

Rocky Mount – November 17, 9 a.m. East Carolina Agricultural & Education Center - Auditorium, 1175 Kingsboro Road

Lumberton – November 17, 3 p.m. Southeastern NC Agricultural Events Center - Room 4/5, 1027 Highway 75 East


Altus – November 20, 1 p.m. Oklahoma Cotton Cooperative Assn., 20284 East CR 165

South Carolina

Santee – November 18, 9 a.m. Family Development Center, 210 Brooks Boulevard


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


Amarillo – December 9, 9 a.m. AgriLife Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Boulevard West

El Campo – November 19, 8:30 a.m. El Campo Civic Center - Duson Room, 2350 Mechanic Street

Lamesa – December 10, 8:30 a.m. Leroy Colgan Bldg., S. 10th St. & S. Houston St. at Forrest Park

Lubbock – December 10, 1 p.m. Bayer Museum of Agriculture, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive

Miles - November 19, 9 a.m. Young Farmers Building

Monte Alto – November 20, 9 a.m. Rio Farms - Sam Sparks Auditorium, 25601 North FM 88

Plainview – December 9, 2:30 p.m. Plainview Country Club, 2902 West 4th Street

Robstown – November 19, 3 p.m. Richard Borchard Fairgrounds - Ballroom B, 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd

St. Lawrence - November 18, 9 a.m. St. Lawrence Parish Hall

Stamford – November 19, 2:30 p.m. Stamford High School - Auditorium, 507 South Orient

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