The University of Minnesota Extension Service along with the Minnesota Farm Service Agency scheduled 46 Farm Bill informational meetings all around Minnesota. Farmers need to sign up for the new Farm Bill each year and make the selection between ARC County or Price Loss Coverage (PLC). There is one other option called ARC Individual. This did not seem like a good choice in the past and almost all farmers did not even consider ARC Individual.

However, in some special circumstances, ARC Individual may be a good choice. If you had very low yields or filed Prevented Plant on a Farm Unit, ARC Individual may generate the largest payments. Be sure to talk with your Farm Business Management Instructor, your Ag Lender or Crop Insurance Agent for their advice. Remember you have until March 15, 2020 to sign up for the new Farm Bill.

Some additional Farm Bill meetings have been scheduled for our area. One of the Farm Bill meetings at the Steele Community Center in Owatonna had more farmers show up then they had room for! So, two more Farm Bill meeting will be held on Monday February 10, 2020. One will be held in the morning at 9:00 am in New Richland at the New Richland City Hall and in the afternoon beginning at 1:00 at the Steele County Community Center on the Steele County Fairgrounds.