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LITTLE ROCK – Nine new Farm Bill workshop sessions have been added to the more than
one dozen already scheduled across Arkansas, including four sessions devoted to the
computer-based Farm Bill decision aid, Robert Coats, professor-economics for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said Thursday.
Five workshops have been added: at Augusta in Woodruff County, Portland in Ashley
County, Keiser and Manila in Mississippi County and McGehee in Chicot County. There
are four decision aid sessions, with two each in Jonesboro and West Memphis.
The following workshops are being conducted by Tony Franco, FSA’s chief of Farm Programs,
Anita Wilson, Agricultural Program specialist with FSA, Coats and other FSA and Division
of Agriculture specialists.
The program includes FSA information requirements and the following topics will be
Here is the schedule and local contacts for registration for each Farm Bill workshop
The other workshops provide hands-on training on the farm bill decision aid developed
by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and the Food and
Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri. These sessions
will be conducted by Scott Stiles, an extension economist for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture. Brad Watkins, a Division of Agriculture economist
based at the Rice Research and Extension Center, will be available at the two Jonesboro
meetings to discuss long grain and medium grain rice considerations.
The Farm Bill web-based decision aid session schedule:
The workshops are being offered jointly by the Farm Service Agency and the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. There is no cost to attend and the daytime
meetings include lunch.
The workshops are being supported by the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, the Agricultural
Council of Arkansas and the Arkansas Rice Federation.
Producers with questions about the 2014 Farm Bill can also contact:
For more information on the 2014 Farm Bill, visit Farm Policy.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative
action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need
materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other
appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
By Mary HightowerThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org