March 3 webinar focuses on effects of new Farm Bill on Southern agriculture
- March 3 webinar focuses on effects of new Farm Bill on Southern agriculture
- Webinar features deputy chief economist for the American Farm Bureau; MSU professor, staff economist for Sen. Thad Cochran
LITTLE ROCK -- The Effects the just-passed Farm Bill will have on Southern agriculture will be part of a webinar, “Implications of the 2014 Farm Bill on Federal Crop Insurance, set for Monday, March 3, from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. CST.
The webinar features Arkansas native John Anderson, deputy chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation and Keith Coble, a distinguished professor of economics at Mississippi State. Coble is also staff economist for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. Coble had an integral part in developing the Farm Bill legislation and is a nationally known expert on risk management tools.
The webinar is sponsored by the Southern Risk Management Education Center, based at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, with support from Texas A&M and Mississippi State University.
After almost three years of discussion, debate, and negotiation, the 2014 Farm Bill is finally complete,” Anderson said. “It includes arguably the most substantial changes to agricultural policy since Freedom to Farm in 1996.”
Coble said that the Agricultural Act of 2014 is projected to spend almost exactly twice as much on crop insurance as on Title I commodity programs. It is time to sit up and pay attention."
H.L. Goodwin, co-director of the center and an extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said that the center’s advisory council and leadership “are in agreement that Southern producers will be greatly affected by the changes in the 2014 Farm Bill, especially the increased prominence of crop insurance.
“That’s why we are taking leadership to provide the most timely information we can to assist our producers in their production and insurance coverage decisions,” he said.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
By U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary Hightower
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U of A Division of Agriculture
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