The Purdue Extension Offices of Rush and Shelby County in cooperation with the USDA-FSA Office in Manilla will be hosting a workshop to assist farmers on what Farm Bill programs they should consider for their operation moving forward.

Decision declaration deadline is currently March 15.

The program will be held on Feb. 24 at the Root Building located on the Rush County Fairgrounds (1299 Park Road W., Rushville, 46173). The program will begin with a meal starting at 6 p.m. The workshop is sponsored by Reuter Crop Insurance. Dr. Michael Langemeier, Purdue Ag Economist, will walk the audience through what they should take under consideration before they walk into the FSA Office.

The 2018 Farm Bill maintained the existing ARC Program at both the county level (ARC-CO) and individual coverage level (ARC-IC) as well as the PLC program that was introduced in the 2014 Farm Bill. Most corn and soybean producers chose the ARC-CO program when enrolling in the 2014 Farm Bill.

The large drop in crop prices and the weather events in 2019 make potential choices in the 2018 Farm Bill more difficult to make than they were in the previous Farm Bill. This presentation will examine the conditions under which the three program choices (ARC-C0, ARC-IC, AND PLC) fit.

There are plenty of farm articles, spreadsheets and models for farmers to choose from but which one should one follow to make sound decisions for the farm? What are some of the variables that are unknown today that may impact the farm for years to come? Come listen and bring your questions before you declare in March.Seating and meals are limited, please RSVP to the Purdue Extension-Shelby Co. Office at 317-392-6460 or 1-888-671-2367. You may also call the Purdue Extension-Rush Co. Office at 765-932-5974.

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