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ISU Extension presenting an overview of the 2014 Farm Bill

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November 2014

Iowa farmers and landowners will learn about the new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill) at informational meetings conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and local USDA Farm Service Agency staff members. Meetings will be held across the state to explain options available under the new Farm Bill.

Farm Bill - Program Overview meetings will focus on the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) that will be administered by USDA Farm Service Agency, and the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) administered by USDA Risk Management Agency through federal crop insurance providers.

“Extension farm management specialists are prepared to discuss decisions farmers and landowners need to make in the coming months regarding Price Loss Coverage, and Agricultural Risk Coverage Individual and County options,” said Chad Hart, ISU Extension and Outreach economist and program coordinator. “Local FSA staff members who administer the programs will be available to answer questions.”

photoThe timeline for when decisions need to be made along with information about online Farm Bill decision tools will also be shared at the meetings. Topics that will be covered during the meetings include:

  • Base reallocation
  • Yield updating
  • Price Loss Coverage (PLC)
  • Ag Risk Coverage (ARC)
  • Implications of PLC and ARC on participation in the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO)
  • Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP)
  • Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

Locate a Farm Bill meeting

Farm Bill meetings for upcoming months continue to be added to the ISU Extension and Outreach Statewide Calendar. For the most current listing of meeting locations and dates visit the Ag Decision Maker Farm Bill website at or contact your county extension office.

The Ag Decision Maker Farm Bill website also contains useful links and resources related to Farm Bill decision making. Contact a county extension office for additional details about upcoming local meetings.


Chad E. Hart, extension economist, Iowa State University, 515-294-9911,
Ann M. Johanns, extension program specialist, 641-732-5574,
Willy Klein, organizational advancement specialit, 515-294-0662,