The sponsors will offer the video conference in at least five locations – Stoneville, Verona, Raymond, Starkville and Hattiesburg – in Mississippi. The organizers say more locations could be added before the conference.

Farmers in the Stoneville area should go to the Delta Research and Extension Center; Verona, the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center; Raymond, the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center; Starkville, 409 Bost Building at Mississippi State University; and Hattiesburg, the Southeast District Extension Office, 17 J. M. Tatum Industrial Road.

Conference organizers say the commodity title provisions that give producers the option to update base acres and yields are proving to be one of the more complicated and urgent aspects of the new farm bill.

“Mississippi State University and the USDA Mississippi Farm Service Agency are combining efforts to deliver an educational program for producers, landowners, agribusiness firms and others associated with agriculture in Mississippi,” said Charles Forrest, Extension agricultural economist with Mississippi State.

“This Sept. 5, 2002 program will focus on this updating decision and will provide a summary of the steps involved and a description of the available options.”

Forrest said Farm Service Agency personnel will discuss the steps involved in updating base acres and yields and describe the options available.

Then, Extension specialists will discuss farm program payments available under the new farm bill and provide an overview of computer decision aids available to help landowners and producers evaluate base updating options.

For more information about the conference or to learn if more sites are being added, contact the Extension Service at 662 325-2750 or call your county Extension office.

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