2014 Farm Bill meetings

Farmers interested in learning more about the 2014 Farm Bill and its impact on commodity programs can hear from industry experts during meetings scheduled for August 18, 19 and September 16 who will provide insight into the legislation and its impact on agriculture.

The 2014 Farm Bill’s safety net requires farmers and landowners to elect which program design they prefer based on what they think will be most effective for their operation, particularly in conjunction with crop insurance.

OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences and will be co-hosting the events in cooperation with Farm Credit Mid America, USDA Farm Service Agency and Farm Bureau.

Significant analysis is needed to compare the new programs and provide valuable information to the farm’s decision makers, who will be locked into the program choice for the life of this farm bill.

A panel discussion of the farm bill will include: Jon Coppess, clinical professor of law and policy at the University of Illinois and Carl Zulauf, professor of commercial agricultural policy and commodity futures and options markets at The Ohio State University. Adam Sharp, vice president of public policy with the Ohio Farm Bureau will moderate the meetings

The meeting will cover several issues including: crop safety net decisions, commodity programs including dairy crop insurance.

The meetings are: Aug. 18, Fisher Auditorium, OSU OARDC, 1 p.m.; Aug. 19, George Smart Athletic Center, Defiance College, 9 a.m.; Aug. 19, Boyd Cultural Arts Center, Wilmington College, 7 p.m.; Sept. 16 Farm Science Review President’s Tent, 2 p.m.

There is no cost to attend the meeting but registration is requested. An online registration form can be found at http://go.osu.edu/summer2014farmbill. The deadline to register is August 8.

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