2014 Farm Bill 2-7-2014 We will have some decisions to make in the coming months as it relates to our new farm bill that will impact the type of row crop safety nets we will have for the duration of this bill. There are some similarities to the last farm bill but because of higher yields and better prices over the last several years, we may choose to participate differently. Cotton will be different from all of the other commodities as it is the only commodity that no longer has base as we have known it. The cotton base will change over to something called Generic base. Instead, we will be able to have coverage for cotton in an item called STAX no matter how much we plant and independent of base limitations. The details and numbers that we need to make the decisions are not out yet. There is a meeting at Franklin beginning at 9 am at the PD Camp Workforce Center on March 17th. We have time to learn and make the decisions and will most likely have planted our 2014 crops before the final numbers are in. Make plans to attend the workshops and meetings to begin to familiarize yourself with the new terminology and the big picture items.
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