UNL and FSA Delivering 2014 Farm Bill Education Across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency are joining to provide educational meetings across Nebraska on the 2014 Farm Bill.

 “The new farm bill provides producers a new, updated safety net for crop producers, but also provides a new, complex set of decisions,” said Brad Lubben, UNL extension policy specialist. “It’s important that growers have information they need as decisions regarding commodity program selection are complex and will last for the duration of the farm bill.”

 Information on the new farm bill and the new commodity program decisions is already available to producers on UNL’s farm bill webpage at http://farmbill.unl.edu. To extend this information and reach producers across Nebraska, UNL Extension and FSA are collaborating to deliver a series of educational meetings in every FSA service region across the state. The meeting series began in October and continues through January, with more than 30 meetings each in the months of November and December.

Each meeting will feature the county executive director from the local FSA office to address farm program details and a UNL Extension educator from the region to address the analysis and decision tools available to help producers make good decisions regarding the new farm program. Specific topics will include:

      – The farm program sign-up process, including required documentation and deadlines

      – Base, yield and commodity program decisions and considerations for your operation

      – Calculation of farm program payments

      – Online decision-aid tools to help you determine which program is best for your operation.

      – Input data specific to your operation to examine various options

            “The meetings will be a great opportunity for producers to learn more about the programs, understand the choices and tradeoffs between the revenue and price safety nets, and begin to analyze their options and decisions on farm programs and related crop insurance provisions,” Lubben said.

Schedule

            The current schedule of meetings is listed by geographic area. FSA contacts for further information are listed for most sites. The complete schedule and links to more information for each meeting are available on the web at http://farmbill.unl.edu by following the link to the farm bill meeting schedule or directly at http://agecon.unl.edu/farm-bill-meetings.

Central Nebraska

Nov. 17, Belvidere – 9 a.m. Belvidere Community Center

Contact: Thayer County FSA Office, 402-768-6520 ext. 2

Nov. 17, Nelson – 2 p.m. – Nelson City Auditorium

Contact: Nuckolls County FSA Office, 402-225-2311 ext. 2

Nov. 24, Franklin – 1:30 p.m. Franklin County Fairgrounds.

Contact:  Franklin County FSA Office, 308-425-6276 ext. 2

Nov. 24, Blue Hill – 9:00 a.m. Blue Hill Community Center

Contact: Webster County FSA Office, 402-746-2204

Nov. 25, Aurora – 9 a.m. Leadership Center

Contact: Hamilton County FSA Office, 402-694-6163, ext 3

Nov. 25, Curtis – 1 p.m. – Curtis Memorial Community Center

Contact: Red Willow/Frontier County FSA Office, 308-345-4163 ext. 2

Nov. 25, Grand Island – 1:30 p.m., CCC College Park, Extension Meeting Rm

Contact: Hall County FSA Office, 308-395-8586, ext 2

Dec. 1, Loup City – 9 a.m., Loup City Community Center

Contact: Buffalo-Sherman County FSA Office, 308-237-3118, ext 2

Dec. 1, Kearney – 1:30 p.m., Buffalo County Extension Office

Contact: Buffalo-Sherman County FSA Office, 308-237-3118, ext 2

Dec. 3, Columbus – 1:15 p.m., Ag Park

Contact: Platte County FSA Office, 402-564-0506, ext 2

Dec. 8, Central City – 9 a.m., City Hall

Contact: Merrick County FSA office, 308-946-3035, ext 2

Dec. 8, Aurora – 1:30 p.m., Leadership Center

Contact: Hamilton County FSA Office, 402-694-6163, ext 3

Dec. 9, Fullerton – 9 a.m., Eagles Club

Contact: Nance County FSA Office, 308-536-2456, ext 2

Dec. 9, York – 1:30 p.m., Cornerstone Ag & Event Center

Contact: York County FSA Office, 402-362-5700 ext. 2

Dec. 15, Hastings – 9 a.m., Adams County Fairgrounds

Contact: Adams County FSA Office, 402-463-6771, ext. 2

Dec. 16, Geneva – 9 a.m., Fillmore County Fairgrounds, Ag Bldg.

Contact: Fillmore County FSA Office, 402-759-4463, ext 2

Dec. 16, Clay Center – 1:30 p.m., Clay County Fairgrounds: Activities Bldg.

Contact: Clay County FSA Office, 402-762-3569 ext. 2

Dec. 17, Minden – 9 a.m., Kearney County Fairgrounds

Contact: Kearney County FSA Office, 308-832-2280, ext 2

Dec. 18, Osceola – 1 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds: Exhibit Bldg.

Contact: Polk County FSA Office, 402-747-2111, ext 2

East Central and Northern Nebraska

Nov. 18, David City – 1 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 517 N. 4th St.

Contact: Butler County FSA Office, 402-367-3074

Nov. 18, Ithaca – 9 a.m., UNL ARDC, 1071 County Rd G

Contact: Saunders County FSA Office, 402-443-4106

Nov. 24, Tekamah – 9 a.m., City Auditorium, 1315 K St.

Contact: Burt County FSA Office, 402-374-1920 ext. 2

Nov. 24, West Point – 1 p.m., Nielson Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave.

Contact: Cuming County FSA Office, 402-372-2451 ext. 2

Dec. 1, Hartington – 9 a.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 105 E. State St.

Contact: Cedar County FSA Office, 402-254-6855 Ext. 2

Dec. 1, Bloomfield – 1:30 p.m., Bloomfield Community Center.

Contact: Knox County FSA Office, 402-373-4914 Ext. 115

Dec. 2, Pender – 9 a.m., Pender Fire Hall, 314 Maple St.

Contact: Thurston County FSA Office, 402-846-5655

Dec. 2, Dakota City – 1 p.m., Dakota City Extension Office, 1505 Broadway St.

Contact: Dixon-Dakota County FSA Office 402-755-2278

Dec. 3, Columbus – 1:15 p.m., Ag Park

Contact: Platte County FSA Office, 402-564-0506 ext.2

Dec. 3, Wolbach – 9 a.m. Wolbach Community Center

Contact: Howard-Greeley FSA Office, 308-754-4424 ext. 2

Dec. 9, Norfolk – 9 a.m., Northeast Community College, 601 E. Benjamin Ave.

Contacts: Madison County FSA Office, 402-371-5350 ext. 2

Dec. 9, Pierce – 1 p.m., White House Reception Hall, 116 S. 2nd St.

Contact: Pierce County FSA Office, 402-329-4996 ext 2

Dec. 9, Ainsworth – 10:30 a.m., Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

Contact: Brown County FSA Office, 402-387-2242 ext. 2

Dec. 9, Bassett – 3 p.m., United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall

Contact: Brown County FSA Office, 402-387-2242 ext. 2

Dec. 10, Wayne – 9 a.m., Wayne Fire Hall

Contact: Wayne County FSA Office, 402-375-2453 ext. 2

Dec. 10, Stanton – 1 p.m., Community Bldg.

Contact: Stanton County FSA Office, 402-439-2166 ext. 2

Dec. 11, Arlington – 1 p.m. Washington County Fairgrounds

Contact: Washington County FSA Office, 402-426-2625

Dec. 11, Spencer – 9 a.m., Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church

Contact: Holt-Boyd County FSA Office, 402-336-3796

Dec. 11, O’Neill – 2 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 410 W. Douglas St.

Contact: Holt-Boyd FSA Office, 402-336-3796

Dec. 15, Scribner – 9 a.m. Mohr Auditorium, 650 Co. Rd. 13 Blvd.

Contacts: Dodge County FSA Office, 402-721-8455

Dec. 15, Leigh – 1 p.m. Colfax County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Bldg.

Contacts: Colfax County FSA Office, 402-352-5200

Dec. 18, Burwell – 1:30 Burwell Legion Hall 657 G. St

Contact: Garfield County FSA Office, 308-728-3244 ext. 2

Dec. 18, Ord – 10 a.m. Valley County Fairgrounds

Contact: Valley County FSA Office, 308-728-3244 ext. 2

Jan. 15, Neligh – 9 a.m., Antelope County Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Hall

Contacts: Antelope County FSA Office, 402-887-4176 ext. 2

Jan. 15, Albion – 1 p.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, Casey’s Bldg.

Contacts: Boone County FSA Office, 402-395-2621 ext. 2

Eastern Nebraska

Nov. 17, Auburn – 9 a.m., Nemaha County Fairgrounds, 4-H Bldg.

Contact: Nemaha County FSA office, 402-274-4987 ext. 2

Nov. 18, Humboldt – 9 a.m., Richardson County Fairgrounds: Show Arena

Contact: Richardson County FSA Office, 402-245-2401 ext. 2

Nov. 18, Pawnee City – 6:30 p.m., Methodist Church: Poteet Hall

Contact: Pawnee County FSA Office, 402-852-2020 ext. 2

Nov. 19, Syracuse – 9 a.m., Otoe County Fairgrounds, Fair Center Bldg.

Contact: Otoe County FSA Office, 402-269-2361 ext. 2

Nov. 20, Lincoln – 9 a.m., Lancaster Extension Office

Contact:  Lancaster County FSA Office, 402-423-9683 ext. 2

Nov. 20, Weeping Water – 8:30 a.m. Cass County Fairgrounds, Expo Bldg.

Contact: Cass County FSA Office, 402-267-2015 ext. 2

Nov. 21, Western – 9 a.m., Saline Center Lodge, Hwy 15, CR M

Contact: Saline County FSA Office, 402-821-3292 ext. 2

Nov. 24, Omaha – 9 a.m., Papio Missouri River NRD Bldg., 154th & Giles Rd.

Contact: Sarpy-Douglas County FSA Office, 402-896-0121 ext. 2

Dec. 2, Fairbury – 9 a.m., Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4-H Bldg.

Contact: Jefferson County FSA County, 402-729-6134 ext. 2

Dec. 3, Seward – 9 a.m., Seward County Fairgrounds, Harvest Hall

Contact: Seward County FSA Office, 402-643-6231 ext. 2

Dec. 9, Tecumseh – 9 a.m., Baptist Center, 3rd and Jackson Sts.

Contact: Johnson County FSA Office, 402-335-3377 ext. 2

Dec. 11, Beatrice – 9 a.m., Gage County Fairgrounds, 4-H Bldg.

Contact: Gage County FSA Office, 402-223-3125 ext. 2

Southwest Nebraska

Nov. 17, Holdrege – 1:30 p.m., Phelps County Ag Center

Contact: Phelps County FSA Office, 308-995-6121 ext. 2

Nov. 18, McCook – 6 p.m., Red Willow County Fairgrounds

Contact: Red Willow/Frontier County FSA Office, 308-345-4163 ext. 2

Nov. 18, Hyannis– 7:30 a.m., Grant County Fairgrounds

Contact: Perkins County FSA Office, 308-352-4724 ext. 2

Nov. 20, North Platte – 6 p.m., UNL West Central REC

Contact: Lincoln County FSA Office, 308-534-2360 ext. 2

Nov. 20, Stapleton – 1 p.m., Stapleton Community Center

Contact: Lincoln County FSA Office, 308-534-2360 ext. 2

Nov. 24, Cambridge – 1:30 p.m. Cambridge Community Center

Contact: Furnas County FSA Office, 308-268-3055 ext. 2

Nov. 25, Curtis – 1 p.m. Curtis Memorial Community Center

Contact: Red Willow-Frontier County FSA Office, 308-345-4163 ext. 2

Dec. 1, Lexington – 1 p.m. Dawson Co. Extension Mtg. Rm, Fairgrounds

Contact: Dawson County FSA Office, 308-324-6314 Ext. 2

Dec. 2, Broken Bow – 1 p.m. Custer Co. Fairgrounds: Shooting Building

Contact: Custer County FSA Office, 308-872-6877 ext. 2

Dec. 10, Imperial – 10 a.m. Crossroads Wesleyan Church

Contact: Chase County FSA Office, 308-882-4263 ext. 2

Dec. 11, Benkelman – 10 a.m. Fairgrounds — more details to come

Contact: Dundy County FSA Office, 308-423-2402

Panhandle

Nov. 20, Chadron – 2 p.m., Chadron State College: Scottsbluff Room

Contact: Dawes/Sioux County FSA Office, 308-432-2935 ext. 2

Nov. 20, Hemingford – 9 am, Box Butte County Fairgrounds

Contact: Box Butte County FSA Office, 308-762-4322 ext. 2

Nov. 25, Bridgeport – 1 p.m., Prairie Winds Community Center

Contact: Morrill County FSA Office, 308-262-1313 ext. 2