Farm Bill Workshops to be held in NE Ohio

OSU Extension in Northeast Ohio will be collaborating with local Farm Service Agency offices to offer meetings to discuss the crop side of the 2014 Farm Bill.  The 2014 Farm Bill has instituted major changes to the federal farm programs which require landowners and farmers to make a couple major decisions during the winter of 2015.  Landowners need to decide whether or not to update their property’s crop yields and determine whether or not to re-allocate the farm’s base acres by February 27, 2015.

The new farm bill also elimated the Direct Payment, Counter-Cyclical Payment (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) programs that were included in the 2008 Farm Bill. Farmers may elect to enroll in three new programs being offered for the 2014 to 2018 crop years.

OSU Extension Educator, David Marrison and a local Farm Service Agency Representative will share specifics of the Farm Bill at several regional meetings planned.  There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is requested so adequate handouts can be made.  The following dates have been established.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Geauga County Extension Office in Burton at 1 pm  – call 440-437-6330 to register

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Lorain County Farm Service Agency in Elyria at 2 pm or 6 pm – call 440-326-5830 to register

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Akron University – Medina in Medina at 10 am or 2 pm – call 330-722-2628 to register

Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Portage County Ag Center in Ravenna  – Call for time and to register 330-297-7633 ext 113

For additional sessions or more information, call the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008.