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FARM BILL WEBINAR

The first of three farm bill webinars was held this morning, hosted by IFB’s Doug Yoder. Today’s webinar focused on the commodity program options available in the 2014 farm bill. Two more webinars will be held April 9 and 17. You can register online at www.farmweeknow.com and www.ilfb.org/farmbill. You can view today’s webinar at:  http://bcove.me/wbouwd5h.

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2014 Farm Bill Choices

To find resources and tools to help navigate the options available in the 2014 Farm Bill, click here. The 2014 Farm Bill was passed on February 7, 2014 and covers five crop years: 2014 – 2018. The bill contains several one-time, irrevocable options for landowners and producers. Timeline to make these choices at FSA offices is as… read more

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ALSO CONFUSING

DTN’s latest online poll shows it’s good growers won’t need to make farm bill elections until March. Many producers remain perplexed or undecided on which farm bill option they are likely to elect on the majority of their acres, given what they know now about price projections and yields now.

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Check out Monday’s FarmWeek and FarmWeekNow.com for stories on falling fuel prices, the progress of wheat seedings in Illinois, and who gets to decide on ARC/PLC

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FARM BILL SHOOTOUT

Politico reports the ink was barely dry on the farm bill last winter when the fighting broke out between Texas A&M and the University of Illinois over a $3 million pot of money for the development of decision models to help producers make sense of the new commodity title.

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WTO CHALLENGES AHEAD?

Parts of the 2014 farm law “send a message to trading partners that U.S. agriculture is becoming more protectionist,” writes UC-Davis economics professor Colin Carter in Choices, the journal of agricultural economics. Carter says the new Margin Protection Program may be challenged as an implicit subsidy for dairy exports.

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SIGNUP TIMELINES

USDA has posted timelines for signups for the various options in the new farm bill. From now until Feb. 27, 2015, you can reallocate base acres and update yields.  From Nov. 17 until March 31, 2015, you can make your ARC/PLC election.

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ARC/PLC UPDATE

Illinois FSA’s Mary Kirby tells Leader producers can contact their local FSA Office for more information on ARC and PLC or to schedule an appointment to update their yield history and/or reallocate base acres.

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

 Check out FarmWeekNow.com and FarmWeek for stories on voter registration, hogs and pigs report, and the latest farm bill toolbox.  

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FARM PROGRAMS

 Farmers could choose their new commodity programs as early as next week if they want, but caution may be the wiser tool in risk management right now, considering the current state of commodity prices.  

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