Texas Panhandle farmers and ranchers will have ample opportunity during July and August to prepare for decisions they’ll have to make this fall to participate in the new farm bill.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be providing an extensive farm bill educational effort in, said agency experts in Amarillo.

New provisions in farm legislation are complex, experts explain, and this educational process will help producers understand their options, said Dr. Steve Amosson, AgriLife Extension economist.

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“Our AgriLife Extension county agents are currently attending educational seminars to become more familiar with general farm program provisions,” Amosson said. “They also are learning about the Texas A&M Agricultural and Food Policy Center’s decision-aid software, which will be available at a later date to assist with producer sign-up decisions.”

Beginning July 10 and continuing through Aug. 20, a series of county-level public meetings lasting about two hours each will be held across the Panhandle, said DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management program specialist. The meetings will explain general farm program provisions and provide a decision-aid demonstration.

The meetings are free and will offer instruction from Amosson or Jones, as well as the AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources county agents.

Both Amosson and Jones will lead a second round of county meetings tentatively scheduled for October and November to provide further details and guidelines before the sign-up period begins.