2014-04-02 / News

Farm Bill session offered for farmers

By Anne Marie Kyzer

Federal legislation that will heavily impact Burke County will be the focus of a meeting here next week.

An educational meeting for the Agricultural Act of 2014, which was passed in February, will be hosted next Thursday at the Burke County Office Park to provide information about the effects on row crop production in Burke County.

“There have been major changes to the Farm Bill, and it’s very comprehensive,” Burke County Extension Coordinator Peyton Sapp explained. “Anytime there is something new, it takes some time for everyone to wrap their minds around it.”

The meeting, he said, will be tailored to row crop producers and should also benefit landowners who lease their land out for row crop production.

“It will take some experience with it to figure out all the details of all the rules,” Sapp said. “This is an effort to provide another opportunity to sit down and work through some examples of how it might work in real life on a farm.”

University of Georgia Agricultural Economists Nathan Smith and Don Shurley will make presentations and lead discussions on the bill and its im- plications.

Among the topics to be discussed are price loss coverage, agricultural risk coverage, marketing loans and cotton transition assistance.

The meeting, which is being sponsored by UGA Extension, Georgia Farm Bureau and Farm Credit, will begin with lunch at noon and the program from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Reservations are requested to help with planning efforts.

Call the Burke County Extension Office at 706-554-2119 to reserve a spot or for more information.

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