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Arkansas farm bill workshop, webinar series allows farmers to ‘cram’ before deadlines - UPDATED

UPDATED FEB. 16, 2015

Farmers are racing the clock to learn as much as they can about the 2014 farm bill in order to make critical decisions to meet one-time and irrevocable deadlines on Feb. 27 and March 31.

Experts from the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and Farm Service Agency are expanding their series of webinars and in-person workshops that began last year and are slated to continue through March. There is no cost to attend either the in-person workshops or the webinars.

The new schedule also features three events featuring one of the key co-developers of the web-based decision aid to help farmers make solid decisions.

The webinars will help participants learn about Farm Service Agency farm bill programs and decisions specific to row crop production in Arkansas, including:

• Base Acre Reallocation

• Yield updates

• Agricultural Risk Coverage

• Price Loss Coverage

• Supplemental Coverage Option

• Web-Based decision aids

• Other related programs

The deadline for the base acreage and yield decision is Feb. 27. The deadline for decisions about agricultural risk coverage and price loss coverage is March 31.


The series of Arkansas farm bill seminars continues, hosted Bobby Coats, professor, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture; Tony Franco, chief, Farm Programs Division, Arkansas State FSA Office, and Anita Wilson, agricultural program specialist, Farm Programs Division, Arkansas State FSA office.

The complete list of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and the Farm Service Agency webinars are listed below and can found at

Participants must register for each session separately. The webinars are conducted through a software program called Zoom. Upon registration, users will receive an email confirmation with the link to join the webinar and the system requirements for Zoom.

Feb. 19, 9 a.m.: NASS - Calculating the Marketing Year Average Price

Registration link:

Eugene Young, deputy director, USDA-NASS, Delta Regional Office

Feb. 24, 9 a.m.: Factors Impacting Crop Mix Decisions on Generic Base Acres

Registration link:

Larry Falconer, Extension professor, Delta Research & Extension Center, Mississippi State University

Feb. 26, 9 a.m.: Cotton: Farm Bill Considerations & Outlook

Registration link:

Don Shurley, Professor Emeritus, Cotton Economics, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, University of Georgia


Jan. 13, 9 AM: ARC/PLC Overview

Webinar Video and Power Point PDF

Jan. 14, 9 AM: ARC/PLC Yield Updates

Webinar Video and Power Point PDF

Jan. 20, 9 AM: ARC/PLC Base Reallocations and Web-Based Decision Aid

Presentation Videos

Farm Bill Decision Aid Webinar Video

ARC/PCL Presentation Webinar Video

Power Point PDF's

Farm Bill Decision Aide Presentation

ARC/PLC Base Reallocations Presentation

Jan. 22, 9 AM: Price Loss Coverage (PLC)

Webinar Video and Power Point PDF

Jan. 27, 9 AM: ARC - County Level

Webinar Video and Power Point PDF

Jan. 29, 9 AM: ARC - Individual Level

Webinar Video and Power Point PDF

Feb. 3, 9 a.m.: Crop Insurance – Supplemental Coverage Option

Power Point PDF

Feb. 4, 9 a.m.: 2014 Peanut Farm Bill Program

Power Point PDF

Feb. 5, 9 a.m.: 2014 Farm Bill Decision Aid Training with Professor James Richardson, Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) - Texas A&M University

Farm Bill Decision Aid Power Point PDF

Farm Bill Decision Aid Webinar Video

Crop Insurance Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) for Upland Cotton

STAX Power Point PDF

Feb. 10, 9 a.m.: Crop Insurance – Basic Overview of Row Crop Options

Power Point PDF

Feb. 11, 9 a.m.: Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

Power Point PDF

Feb. 13, 9 a.m.: 2014 Farm Bill: Rice Outlook & Agricultural and Food Policy Center Outlook for Representative Crop Farms

Video and Power Point PDF will be posted soon


Coats said the team was expanding the workshops designed to aid growers in using a web-based decision tool. The expanded schedule:

Feb. 23, 9 a.m. – Stuttgart, Rice Research and Extension Center

Decision Aid workshop

Contact: Brad Watkins (870) 673-2661, Danny Hoots (870) 946-3331 ext 2, or Bobby Coats (501) 671-2195

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