PAULDING – Sarah Noggle, Ohio State University extension agent for Paulding County, has announced that the Ohio State University Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency in Ohio are partnering to provide a series of educational Farm Bill meetings this winter to help producers make informed decisions related to enrollment in commodity programs.

Noggle noted that Paulding County will be hosting a meeting in the OSU Extension Office in Paulding on Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. The meeting will last approximately an hour and a half. You may call the Paulding County Extension Office to register for the meeting.

“The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill,” said Noggle. “While the ARC and PLC programs under the new farm bill remain very similar to the previous farm bill, there are some changes that producers should be aware of.

“Farm Bill meetings will review changes to the ARC/PLC programs as well as important dates and deadlines," continued Noggle.”Additionally, attendees will learn about decision tools and calculators available to help assess which program best fits the needs of their farms under current market condition and outlook.”

Enrollment for 2020 is currently open with the deadline set as March 15, 2020. Enrollment for the 2020 crop year closes June 30, 2020. Producers can enroll for both 2019 and 2020 during the same visit to an FSA county office.

Producers have the “ FARM BILL MEETINGS TO BE HELD IN NW OHIO PAGE 2” opportunity to elect to either ARC or PLC for the 2019 to 2023 crop years, with the option to change their program election in 2021, 2022, and 2023. To find out about other area upcoming meetings, and get information about the Farm Bill, visit go.osu.edu/farmbill2019. For additional information on the Farm Bill, to register for a program or have additional education, contact Sarah Noggle, Paulding County Extension Educator, Ag and Natural Resources, at noggle.17@osu.edu. Individuals can also walk in the OSU Extension Office at 503 Fairground Drive, Paulding or call 419-399-8225.

Noggle also noted that a time for communication is the introduction of coffee talks on top agricultural topics in the county.

“These events will be held monthly and move around the county to local restaurants,” said Noggle. “The locations will be updated on the blog or by calling the office.”