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URBANA -- A one-day workshop next month is slated to include demonstrations and training on web-based decision tools with presentations on the 2014 Farm Bill farm programs.

This workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport hotel, located at 2501 S. High School Road in Indianapolis.

There is no cost to attend the workshop, but online registration is required. The training is primarily designed for farmers, landowners, Extension educators, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency staff, crop insurance agents, consultants, and credit institutions.

The 2014 Farm Bill provides producers with a choice among two versions of a revenue-based assistance program (agriculture risk coverage) and a fixed-price program (price loss coverage).

“This training will provide information about the farm programs and the web-based tools developed to help producers make the program decisions for their operations,” said University of Illinois’ Jonathan Coppess. “The tools will also assist landowners with decisions for updating payment yields and reallocating base acres.”

The University of Illinois-led coalition’s web-based decision tool (the Agriculture Policy Analysis System) can be found at http://fsa.usapas.com.

The training will be hosted by the National Coalition for Production Education, which is led by the University of Illinois and includes the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at the Ohio State University. It is co-sponsored with the USDA-Farm Service Agency and will include the National Association for Agriculture and Food Policy (a coalition co-led by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia). It is available at https://usda.afpc.tamu.edu.

For more information on the 2014 Farm Bill programs, decisions and web-based tools, visit the Farm Bill Toolbox at http://farmbilltoolbox.farmdoc.illinois.edu/.

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