Mandan News

Farm bill decision aid

NDSU Extension Agent
By Jackie Buckley

Dates to Remember
April 7 – Private Pesticide Certification Meeting, Morton County Courthouse Commissioners Room, Mandan, 7 p.m.
April 10 – Morton County SCD Meeting, NRCS Office, Mandan, 9:30 a.m.
April 15 – Morton County Fairboard, Morton County Fairgrounds, New Salem, 7 p.m.

Private Pesticide Certification Training Rescheduled
Due to the winter storm on Monday, March 31, the final Private Pesticide Recertification Class will be held Monday, April 7, at the Morton County Courthouse Commissioners Room starting at 7 p.m.
NDSU Offers Farm Bill Decision Aid

An education tool is available from the North Dakota State University Extension Service for evaluating certain options under the commodity title of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (farm bill). Producers may elect to enroll in the Price Loss Coverage program or the county Agricultural Risk Coverage shallow loss revenue program on a crop by crop basis within each Farm Service Agency farm number.

“Producers may choose to keep their existing base acres or reallocate base acres using their 2009 through 2012 crop history,” says Andrew Swenson, NDSU Extension farm management specialist. “Producers also can update payment yields on a crop by crop basis.”

The program will assist producers with these decisions, given their national average marketing year price and county average yield projections. The program does not consider the individual farm level ARC option or the possible benefits of the Supplemental Coverage Option crop insurance available with PLC enrollment. It should be emphasized that there is plenty of time to evaluate the farm bill options because these decisions do not need to be finalized for several months.

For more information see the following web site:; click on the 2014 Farm Bill Decision Aid Excel spreadsheet link at the bottom of the page.