Two more locations and times have been added to the schedule of in-person demonstrations of the web-based Farm Bill decision aid by one of its creators.

 The new schedule now includes in-person demos at Lonoke and Newport.

 Leading the demonstrations is James Richardson, co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M. The center, along with the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri, were awarded a grant by the USDA to develop the decision aid.

The five demonstrations are:

  • Feb. 5, 9 a.m. – webinar. Participants may register using this link:
    • Richardson will have a 2014 Farm Bill Decision Aid Training Session
    • Larry McMaster, USDA-Risk Management Agency, Jackson, Mississippi, Regional Office will discuss the Crop Insurance - Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) for Upland Cotton.
  • Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m. – In-person demonstration, Lonoke, Lonoke Community Center.
  • Feb. 5, 2 p.m. – In-person demonstration, Stuttgart, Grand Prairie Center.
  • Feb. 6, 8 a.m. – In-person demonstration, Jonesboro. NE Arkansas Fairgrounds.
  • Feb. 6, noon – In-person demonstration, Newport, ASU Newport. 

The decision aid has been vetted by Farm Service Agency and counts more than 20,000 users from across the United States. The web-based decision aid provides easy data entry and management by farmers to answer these and other questions: 

  1. Will my payment yield increase if I certify my yields with Farm Service Agency?
  2. What are my potential base acres if I reallocate base?
  3. What is the economic benefit (expected payments) if I reallocate my base acres?
  4. Should I sign up all of my crops in the same program: Price Loss Coverage, PLC, or Agricultural Risk Coverage, ARC?
  5. Should I elect PLC or ARC on different farm numbers and for different crops?
  6. How can I assign or deploy my generic (formally cotton) base acres?
  7. Should I buy Supplemental Coverage Option, or SCO, if I elect PLC on each crop?
  8. Should I change my underlying crop insurance coverage?
  9. What is my most profitable crop insurance policy and level of coverage for each crop?
  10. Should I buy SCO or STAX for my cotton?

For more information about the Farm Bill series contact your county extension office or visit