This winter, the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) is partnering with the University of Maryland Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) to host a series of one-day workshops geared towards educating Maryland producers on changes associated with the 2018 Farm Bill.
The 2018 Farm Bill has been called evolutionary and not revolutionary as the 2014 Farm Bill was. The new Farm Bill continues the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program with modifications. These workshops will highlight the changes to these programs and other FSA programs. The workshops will also provide participants with the opportunity to understand how to use the decision tools that will assist producers in selecting between the ARC and PLC programs.
The 2018 Farm Bill allows producers to choose from ARC and PLC. However, unlike the 2014 Farm Bill, which limited their program selection for all five years of the 2014 Farm Bill, producers will make a two-year decision by March 15, 2020, and change the selection beginning in 2021.
Workshops will also include presentations covering additional issues faced by the Maryland agricultural community, including farm succession/estate planning and opioid addiction.
Seven winter workshops will be hosted around Maryland in February to prepare producers before the March 15, 2020 deadline. “Although many eligible producers may think they understand how the programs operate, its important to remember Congress did make changes to the programs,” said Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland. “These workshops allow growers the opportunity to ask questions to specialists from USDA and the University of Maryland.”
Cost: $15.00, includes lunch
- February 26, 2020 / 9:00 AM
- Frederick County Extension Office
- Frederick, MD 21701
- Ag Partner Events