Make plans now to attend one of the three informational meetings about the new farm bill that Colorado Corn Growers Association is hosting.

The meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22, in Yuma; Monday, Aug. 26, in Greeley; and Tuesday, Aug. 27, in Lamar.

The meeting Aug. 22 will be held after the barbecue lunch during the Yuma Farm Show. The Farm Show is held at the Irrigation Research Foundation, located one mile north of Yuma, on Highway 59. The speaker will be Tom Wingfield, Farm Services Agency (FSA). He will discuss portions of the new farm bill that are of particular interest to all Colorado farmers and ranchers. Topics of note will include counter-cyclical payments, Environmental Quality Incentive Programs (EQIP), oil seed programs and wool-mohair incentives. He also can answer any other questions a producer may have about the farm program.

The meetings Aug. 26 and 27 will be facilitated by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). The meeting Aug. 26 will be held at 7 p.m. in the CCGA office, at 127 22nd St., in Greeley. The meeting Aug. 27 will be held at the Cow Palace Inn, 1301 North Main, in Lamar. Speakers at these two meetings will be Sam Willett, public policy director for NCGA, and Dr. Art Barnaby, economist, Kansas State University. Walsh resident and NCGA President Tim Hume will be at the Lamar meeting. Topics for these meetings will be an overview of NCGA and state organizations role in the signing of the farm bill, what the farm bill offers to corn growers, the timeline for implementation of the farm bill and how to maximize marketing and risk management opportunities in the farm bill.

"These meetings will help corn producers of Colorado become more informed on the farm bill. Knowledge of the bill will help family farms, not only now, but for future generations that want to come back to the family farm," said Jim Lenz, CCGA president. These meetings are designed to give producers a better understanding of the farm bill, enabling producers to make informed management decisions on their farm and ranches. With today's thin margins and unpredictable climate, a full knowledge of government programs is valuable in keeping Colorado's farmers and ranchers profitable.

For further questions about these meetings, call the Colorado corn office, at 970-351-8201.

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