The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a number of seed cotton program sign-up Workshops in May to help producers become familiar with the changes brought about through the recently reinstated government program.
All the meetings are free and share the same agenda.
Meeting information, including AgriLife Extension agent contact information for the meetings currently scheduled, include:
- May 1, Glasscock County, 8-11 a.m.; Community Building, 117 S. Myrl St., Garden City; Cody Trimble, 432-213-1812.
- May 8, Runnels County, 8-11 a.m.; Winters Community Center, 410 Novice Road, Winters; Marty Vahlenkamp, 325-365-5042.
- May 8, Tom Green County, 1-4 p.m.; Tom Green County 4-H Building, 3168 U.S. Highway 67, San Angelo; Josh Blanek, 325-659-6522.
- May 11, Hudspeth County, noon-3 p.m.; Angie’s Café, 1101 Knox Ave., Fort Hancock; Cathy Klein, 915-369-2291.
- May 14, Jones County, 8-11 a.m.; Stamford High School Auditorium, 507 S. Orient St., Stamford; Steve Estes, 325-823-2432.
- May 15, Nolan County, 1-4 p.m.; Roscoe Collegiate ISD STEM Research Center, Interstate 20 Frontage Road, Roscoe; Zack Wilcox, 325-235-3184.
Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist at San Angelo, said the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 brought cotton back into the U.S. Department of Agriculture farm program.
“Cotton was intentionally excluded from most of the new provisions of the 2014 farm bill out of concerns brought on by a World Trade Organization lawsuit filed against the U.S. and its cotton policy,” Thompson said.
“Now, starting with the 2018 crop, producers of upland seed cotton will be able to participate in one of the two former ‘safety net’ programs introduced in 2014; Price Loss Coverage, or PLC, or Agricultural Risk Coverage, or ARC.”
Thompson said the goal of the workshops is to educate producers on the three tasks needed to enroll each Farm Service Agency-registered farm into one of the programs.
“The three tasks will be to update program yields, allocate generic base acres and select one of the two safety net programs, ARC or PLC, in which to participate.”