Choose From Among 12 Meetings Across the State


West Tennessee Farmland
Row crops producers and other interested parties are encouraged to attend any of 12 meetings in early 2015 regarding the Farm Bill. 


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Row crops producers and other interested parties are encouraged to attend any of 12 meetings in early 2015 regarding the Farm Bill. University of Tennessee Extension, USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Program are conducting these Farm Bill meetings across Tennessee. These meetings are free and open to the public.

Topics include Farm Bill programs and decisions specific to row crop production in Tennessee:

* Base Acre Reallocation
*  Yield Updates
*  Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC)
*  Price Loss Coverage (PLC)
Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO)
FSA Online Decision Aids

Learning more about ARC and PLC is extremely important for row crop producers who must make a one-time decision about base and yield updates by February 27, 2015, as well as ARC or PLC election by March 31, 2015. UT Extension specialists and FSA representatives will be in attendance to answer questions regarding ARC and PLC policy and procedure.

There will be 12 meetings to choose from:

Western Tennessee
January 12, 1 p.m., Dyer County Fairgrounds
January 13, 9 a.m., Ed Boling University Ctr., UT Martin

January 14, 2 p.m., Madison County Extension Office
January 15, 9 a.m., Agricenter International, Memphis

February 4, 9 a.m., Lawrence County Extension Office
February 17, 1 p.m., Montgomery County Extension Office


Middle Tennessee

January 8, 9:30 a.m., Robertson County Fairgrounds
January 20, 9 a.m., Putnam County Extension Office

February 9, 9:30 a.m., Lincoln County Fairgrounds
February 9, 2 p.m., Franklin County Extension Office


East Tennessee
February 11, 2 p.m., EMS Building, White Pine
February 18, 9:30 a.m., Western Sizzlin’, Athens


It is also important to note that each Tuesday, starting January 20 and concluding March 24, UT Extension will host a weekly 1-hour online webcast starting at 8:30 a.m. Central Time where producers and agri-industry members can ask questions and obtain information about Farm Bill programs and decisions. The webcast can be accessed at: http://economics.ag.utk.edu/farmbill.html

Additional information is available at: http://economics.ag.utk.edu/farmbill.html. Contact Aaron Smith with questions at 865-974-7476, aaron.smith@utk.edu or Regan Soloman at 615-277-2615, regan.soloman@tn.usda.gov.

UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels.

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Contact:

Aaron Smith, UT Extension Crop Marketing Specialist, 865-974-7476, aaron.smith@utk.edu