After years of debate, delays and more than a little determination, U.S. agriculture has a new farm law. But much remains to be done before The Agricultural Act of 2014 can be rolled out to farmers and ranchers across the country. Rules have to be written and then the law implemented.

Consequently, many questions remain as to how the new law will affect different commodities, regions and even specific farms. The National Cotton council hopes to address some of those issues through a series of meetings scheduled across the Cotton Belt through late March.

The council has scheduled 49 education meetings in 15 Cotton Belt states to provide its members with a greater understanding of The Agricultural Act of 2014.

Farm bill implementation a key issue for 2014

The first four meetings are scheduled for February 24 and 25 in South Texas. Remaining meetings will be conducted from March 17-25.

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NCC President/CEO Mark Lange said, “This new five-year comprehensive farm law includes fundamental changes in cotton’s safety net, a greater reliance on crop insurance products, and will be implemented over the 2014 and 2015 crops. As with previous farm laws, some of this legislation’s provisions are complex, and the Council wants to provide our members with the insight necessary for them to plan accordingly. All producers, cotton industry firms and agribusinesses are encouraged to attend any of these important meetings.”