FSA Farm Programs Update

Date: February 23, 2016 - March 1, 2016
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: various
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. NRCS grazing plans will be discussed. 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.

Presenters:

Susan Devoe, FSA
Jim Isleib, MSU Extension

The following meetings are scheduled:

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 1 – 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Houghton County MSU Extension Office, 1500 Birch Street, Hancock, MI 49930

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, 1 – 3 p.m. Central Time
Bergland Township Fire Hall, 101 Pine Street, Bergland, MI 49910

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 1 – 3 p.m.
Menominee County MSU Extension Office, S904 U.S. Highway 41, Stephenson, MI 49887

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