From USDA events to state support groups like the Alabama Peanut Producers Association and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and others, land grant universities and Extension services, state agriculture departments and county agents alike are doing a good job of informing farmers about the coming changes.

Even so, federal officials are saying more time will be required before all the provisions and changes in the new law can be fine-tuned and implemented. That means that some details about new programs are not yet available or may be changed slightly, although USDA officials have been working overtime to redesign the system to include all the bells and whistles Congress has made available. They warn, however, some minor changes may be coming.

As the days and weeks slip by and program deadlines approach, agricultural interests can expect to see more meetings, read more reports and hear additional analyses by officials and farm representatives representing just about every sector of the industry.

But with sweeping changes like those brought about in the Agriculture Act of 2014, no amount of information is too much. And in spite of a changing season and busy schedules on the farm, taking the time to get a handle on these program changes now is of considerable importance to everyone involved.

That is what makes this new USDA web site important. Straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak, the web site walks producers through the intricate program and option system details available to farmers and ranchers, including information about new programs and opportunities.

Titled "The Agricultural Act of 2014: Highlights and Implications," the web site represents an honest effort by federal officials to divide the new farm program into an organized menu for navigating the many titles, including crop commodity programs, dairy and livestock, conservation programs, nutrition, rural development, research, energy, crop insurance, specialty crops, organic agriculture, beginning farmers and ranchers and ERS policy-related research.

Graphs, charts and useful links will help users navigate through the site to explore its vast base of information that can help explain the many aspects of changes and new programs available, and it seems to do it in an informative and efficient method that is both pleasing to the eye and easy to use.

As just about anyone in the industry will tell you, when it comes to making the jump from the provisions and programs of the old program to the new law, all the resources available to help growers understand the new law will help prepare them for the important decisions that almost every farmer must make this year.

Connect to the new USDA Farm Bill information site here and get started.


Also of interest:

Surviving Farm Bill Changes Part I

Surviving Farm Bill Changes Part II

Surviving Farm Bill Changes Part III

Surviving Farm Bill Changes Part IV