AgriLife Extension to begin farm program educational effort in the High Plains
By Kay Ledbetter
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be providing an extensive farm bill educational effort in upcoming months, said agency experts in Amarillo.
While sign-up for the new farm bill program is still months away, the educational process to help producers understand the complexity of the new legislation, including new programs and options, is increasing in the High Plains, said Steve Amosson, AgriLife Extension economist.
“Our AgriLife Extension county agents are currently attending educational seminars to become more familiar with general farm program provisions,” Amosson said. “They also are learning about the Texas A&M Agricultural and Food Policy Center’s decision-aid software, which will be available at a later date to assist with producer sign-up decisions.”
Beginning July 10 and continuing through Aug. 20, a series of county-level public meetings lasting about two hours each will be held across the Panhandle, said DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management program specialist. The meetings will explain general farm program provisions and provide a decision-aid demonstration.
The meetings are free and will offer instruction from Amosson or Jones, as well as the AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources county agents.
Both Amosson and Jones will lead a second round of county meetings tentatively scheduled for October and November to provide further details and guidelines before the sign-up period begins.
The meeting schedule is:
Hansford County—10 a.m., July 14, First Baptist Church—Family Life Center, 123 S. Bernice, Spearman.
Roberts County—2 p.m., July 14, Courthouse Annex, 300 E. Commerce St., Miami.
Lipscomb County—9 a.m., July 17, Wolf Creek Heritage Museum, 13310 Texas 305, Lipscomb.
Wheeler County—1 p.m., July 17, Wheeler County Ag and Family Life Center, 7939 N. U.S. Highway 83, Wheeler.
Moore County—9 a.m., July 18, Moore County Community Building, 1600 S. Maddox Ave., Dumas.
Dallam County—2 p.m., July 18, First State Bank Dalhart, 1601 E. 16th St, Dalhart.
Randall County—10 a.m., July 23, AgriLife Extension office, 200 Brown Road, Canyon.
Oldham County—July 23, 6 p.m., Oldham County Barn, 305 Coke St., Vega.
Deaf Smith County—10 a.m., Aug. 12, AgriLife Extension office, 903 14th St., Hereford.
Potter County—6 p.m., Aug. 12, AgriLife Extension office, 3301 E. 10th Ave., Amarillo.
Sherman County—9 a.m., Aug. 14, Sherman County Barn, 501 S. Maple St., Stratford.
Hartley County—2 p.m., Aug. 14, Hartley Community Building, 815 Central Ave., Hartley.
Hall County—10 a.m., Aug. 18, Kathy Fowler Building, 123 S. 6th St., Memphis.
Armstrong County—9 a.m., Aug. 19, Armstrong County Activity Building on Farm-to-Market Road 207 South, Claude.
Ochiltree County—10 a.m., Aug. 19, Ochiltree Expo Center, 402 Expo Drive, Perryton.
Hutchinson County—1 p.m., Aug. 19, Morse Community Building, 100 N. 3rd St., Morse.
Gray County—2 p.m., Aug. 19, Gray County Annex, 12125 E. Frederic St., Pampa.
Collingsworth County—9 a.m., Aug. 20, Bura Handley Community Building, 802 10th St., Wellington.
Hemphill County—2 p.m., Aug. 20, Sage Brush Meeting Room, AgriLife Extension office, 10865 Exhibition Center Road, Canadian.
For more information on a particular meeting, contact the AgriLife Extension office in that county. For a list of county offices, go to http://amarillo.tamu.edu/ and click on the County Offices tab.