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ACRE And 2008 Farm Bill Webcast Meeting Monday

By Staff | Jun 11, 2009

 With many area farmers trying to decide what course of action to take in regards to new federal farm programs such as ACRE and SURE, the Palo Alto Farm Service Agency is reminding area producers of an opportunity to learn more about the new programs. A Webcast and Informational Meeting on ACRE and the 2008 Farm Bill is set for Monday, June 15, from 7-8:30 pm.

The Farm Bill webcast is being sponsored jointly by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa State University Extension Service, and USDA Farm Service Agency. The webcast on Monday, June 15 will feature a series of experts to help farmers decide on program enrollment. Speakers will use examples to illustrate ACRE decisions.

According to Palo Alto FSA Director Les Zobrist, farmers have a lot of questions, especially about the ACRE program, which provides revenue protection using new state and farm level triggers. Farmers need to decide whether that protection is better than the existing program for their farms.

Producers will be able to view the free event from their homes by typing in www.iowafarmbureau.com which is the Farm Bureau Website, if they have a high speed internet connection. Producers are asked to pre-register for the event by going to the Farm Bureau Website and click on the Farm Bill Webcast logo. By pre-registering, producers will be able to ask the experts questions during the live broadcast. Group meetings have also been set up at 49 locations that are listed on the Farm Bureau website.

A group meeting has been up at for Monday, June 15, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Iowa Lakes Community College, Room 120, which is across from Auto Technology. Attendees can enter from the East parking lot by the Smith Wellness Center.

The presentation will also remain on the Farm Bureau website and will be available for viewing at a later date. There are also links to websites at the Farm Service Agency and Iowa State University Extension, which have calculators that allow a producer to punch in numbers from their farm and see if the ACRE program would be beneficial on their farms.

For more information regarding the meeting, contact the Palo Alto County FSA Office at 712-852-3386, extension 2, or visit the FSA Web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov.