Producers should make plans join us for the 2014 Farm Bill Decision Aid Workshop Tuesday, October 28th in Robstown, Texas at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds. This will be the last of a series of such workshops being offered in the Coastal Bend area. The 2014 Farm Bill contains significant changes to the farm safety net that include new options for producers. It will be important for growers and owners of agricultural real estate to educate themselves on all the facts in order to make informed risk management decisions that best suit their operation. The Ag and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and the USDA Farm Service Agency have teamed up to create an online Decision Aid to give those involved in the agriculture industry insight on how the new bill will impact their operation. This workshop will teach participants how to use the Decision Aid to make the best decisions for their farm.

For coming crop year, producers must choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Cotton growers will also have a choice of a new insurance product, stacked income protection plan (STAX) with or without crop insurance or a supplemental coverage option (SCO) with crop insurance. The Decision Aid was created to illustrate how these decisions may impact a grower or landowner’s future farm safety net under various commodity pricing scenarios so that they can make the best choices for their farm.

The Decision Aid Workshop will begin with a breakfast reception during registration from 8 - 9 am were complimentary breakfast tacos and pastries will be provided. We will then start the program at 9 with a quick update and overview of the 2014 Farm Bill. They program will then go into how to use the online Decision Aid tool and conclude by 11am. There is no fee and no need to RSVP for this program. Anyone with questions regarding this educational program should contact the Nueces County Extension Office at 361.767.5223.

Individuals with disabilities, who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in any of the mentioned activities, are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office eight days before all programs for assistance. Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.