Risk Management Agency (RMA) personnel will be in the Central Texas area on Feb. 8-9, 2006. Meetings will be held in Waco and McKinney to address issues concerning corn and wheat production in central and north central Texas. These meetings are being hosted by Corn Producers Association of Texas (CPAT), Texas Corn Producers Board (TCPB), Texas Wheat Producers Association (TWPA) and Texas Wheat Producers Board (TWPB).

The first meeting will be held in Waco on February 8th at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave., in the Texas room and the other will be held at the Myers Park Event Center, 7117 CR 166, in McKinney on Feb. 9, 2006. Both meetings will begin at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 2 p.m. A lunch sponsored by CPAT, TCPB, TWPA and TWPB will be served.

In 2005, many producers had issues concerning grain quality in corn, and some claims are still not settled. The drought that has plagued the area has producers who have seeded wheat concerned about policy rules that will affect them. Annually there are concerns about broadcast wheat vs. drilled wheat and how this affects producers’ insurance coverage. These meetings are set to address these concerns.

Senior risk management specialist, Sam Cameron, for RMA in Oklahoma City, will address procedures that determine how policies are written and interpreted. All companies operate under the same RMA guidelines and rules, so this discussion should be very beneficial to all wheat and corn producers.

Gary Rhea, a marketing consultant, will discuss current marketing strategies and how insurance coverage is used to help producers have adequate coverage for the investment they have in their crops. Rhea has been involved in some of the insurance settlements from this year’s crop and will include information on this in his discussions.

Joe Outlaw, from the Texas A&M University Ag. Policy Center, will present an outlook on the upcoming 2007 farm bill discussions. This will be a very timely look to what will be occurring as these talks are beginning now to form the 2007 farm bill. This will include a look at the commodity title, conservation title, and crop insurance issues.

Sam Willett, National Corn Growers Association, Washington D.C., will address the roles of national and state Associations in addressing and developing farm policy. Willett has been very involved with TCPB in working on both crop insurance issues and farm program implementation.

Rodney Mosier, TWPB executive director, will cover activities and projects under the checkoff organization and how TWPA will address concerns about the current drought situation and upcoming farm bill discussions.

David Gibson, TCPB executive director, will give an update on Board activities and research projects. He will also discuss CPAT’s activities on the upcoming 2007 farm bill development.