Crop Factors Impact Upcoming Deadlines

Within the next six months, many of the nation’s farmers and agricultural landowners will have important decisions to make about the programs in new farm bill. Krysta Harden of the U.S. Department of Agriculture said producers and landowners need to update yields and crop allocations between September 29 and February 27 and select programs in the farm bill that are most suitable for their needs between November and March. Larry Falconer, an Extension agricultural economist at the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, reported that landowners and producers must do their homework. If the farmers and producers are not able to make a decision, the land will be assigned to the PLC Program for the life of the new farm bill, which is at least five years. The USDA is offering web-based educational tools, and Extension agents are conducting seminars around the state to help landowners and producers understand the process.

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