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'Farm Outlook 2013' set for Nov. 6

Arkansas

With farming overshadowed by uncertainty over El Nino, the farm bill and reactive markets, crop producers in the South need to have as many tools as possible to manage risk in the next growing season.

Producers can pick up valuable risk management information at Farm Outlook 2013, set for Election Day, Nov. 6, at the Men's Club community center, 1 S. Airport Road in McGehee.

The meeting is being sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service offices in Chicot, Drew and Desha counties and the Arkansas Farm Bureau.

"After a year of drought and uncertainties over the farm bill and how crop insurance might be affected, we wanted to bring as much expertise to our growers as possible," said Gus Wilson, Chicot County Extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

On the program are Kathy Ferguson of Ferguson Crop insurance, Scott Stiles, extension economist discussing the overview of the projected costs for the 2013 crop; Gene Martin, senior market analyst with the Arkansas Farm Bureau offering the commodity market outlook for next year; and David Bridgeforth, attorney with RamsayBridgforth Law Firm and an expert on Farm Bill legislation.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to RSVP for a lunch count before Nov. 6.

"We hope producers in southeast Arkansas will take advantage of this opportunity to help them prepare for 2013," said Wes Kirkpatrick, Desha County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

For more information, contact: Wes Kirkpatrick, Desha County Extension staff chair, 870-222-3972; Chuck Capps, Drew County Extension staff chair, 870-460-6270; or Gus Wilson, Chicot County extension staff chair, 870-265-8055.

Date: 10/15/2012



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