URBANA, Ill. – For farm owners and operators who could benefit from assistance in navigating the choices in the Agricultural Act of 2014, help is on the way. The seminars are free and will be offered in 14 locations across Illinois in January and February. Each seminar will present information on how to update base acreage and program yields, and how to make decisions among the three choices for the farm program.
The seminars are being offered through a cooperative venture between the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, the Farm Service Agency of USDA, Illinois Farm Bureau, and University of Illinois Extension.
“By attending one of these sessions, a farm owner should be informed about the choices and more comfortable about making decisions that will affect their farmland for the next five years,” said Gary Schnitkey, professor of agricultural economics and one of the university’s primary resources for farm program information. He and Jonathan Coppess, assistant professor of agricultural law and policy, will be joined by Doug Yoder of Illinois Farm Bureau as the presenters at the conferences.
There is no charge for the seminars but pre-registration is encouraged due to space limitations. Pre-registration is available at http://farmbilltoolbox.farmdoc.illinois.edu/seminar-series.html.