Earlier this year Congress adopted and President Obama signed into law a new farm bill. USDA is now moving forward to implement the bill, whose programs provide farmers and ranchers with new options. Five informational meetings will be held to allow producers to ask questions about the new law. These meetings are being sponsored by Kit Carson, Elbert/Lincoln, Southeast, Logan, and Weld County Farmers Unions. Program dates, locations, and details are found below.
Lamar: 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, Ports to Plains Travel Plaza, (complimentary continental breakfast)
Burlington: 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, Community Center, (complimentary refreshments)
Limon: 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 23, Hub City Senior Center, (complimentary continental breakfast)
Sterling: 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, Northeastern Junior College, Hays Student Center Ballroom, (complimentary refreshments)
Greeley: 7:30 a.m., Thursday, April 24, Island Grove Park Event Center, Room A, (complimentary continental breakfast)
Leland Swenson, State Executive Director of the Colorado Farm Service Agency, will discuss overall implementation of the new Farm Bill, program priorities an timeline and training for county FSA offices, including County Committee members.
Jenny Peterson, Farm Program Chief of Colorado FSA, will discuss implementation of the commodity programs in the new farm bill and answer questions.
Scott Miller, Farm Loan Chief of Colorado FSA, will discuss the credit title in the new Farm Bill.
Wayne Myers, director of farm program services and manager at Kennedy and Coe, will focus on the commodity programs with a detailed review of required elections to include base reallocation, yield update, ARC and PLC programs including county or individual coverage options.