FSA farm program update for U.P. farmers

Date: January 12, 2016
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: Bruce Township Hall, 3156 E. 12 Mile Rd, Dafter, MI 49724
Contact: Jim Isleib, isleibj@anr.msu.edu, 906-387-2530

The USDA Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Program and MSU Extension are working together to offer meetings for farmers to learn more about the new Farm Bill programs that relate to their farms. These meetings will focus on the new CRP-Grasslands program which took the place of the old grasslands program. Payments per acre for this program have increased. However, there is a limited acreage that can be signed up nation-wide. FSA staff will describe the program changes and take questions. Other topics will be touched on, including NAP (noninsured crop disaster assistance program – catastrophe coverage insurance when private insurance is not available), LIP (livestock indemnity program – livestock disaster payments due to weather), and a little bit about agricultural risk coverage (ARC) and price loss coverage (PLC). MSU Extension staff will provide highlights of 2015 U.P. on-farm forage demonstration projects.

The following meetings will be hosted and facilitated by MSU Extension:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 7-9 p.m. (EST), Delta County MSU Extension office, 2840 College Avenue, Escanaba, MI 49829, Mitch Towne, FSA, Tom Tauser, NRCS
  • Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, Noon -1:30 p.m., Engadine United Methodist Church, W13970 Park Avenue, Engadine, MI 49827 (soup lunch provided)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 6:30-8 p.m., Bruce Township Hall, 3156 E. 12 Mile Rd. Dafter, MI 49724
  • Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 1-3 p.m. (EST), MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, E3774 University Drive, Chatham, MI 49816, Mitch Towne, FSA Misa Cady, NRCS

Please let us know you are attending by calling the Alger County MSU Extension office at 906-387-2530 or by email at isleibj@anr.msu.edu. Additional meetings are being planned in the western U.P. 

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