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Farm Bill information for peanut farmers

Farm Bill Decision Aid

The Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University recently released its initial farm bill decision aid tool for farmers' use. To access the tool, simply click the button at the top of this page, or CLICK HERE.

Farmers are reminded that this is a preliminary version of the tool, and has not been finalized to incorporate the final rules, which are yet to be released by USDA-FSA. However, this initial version will integrate with the AFPC’s final version of the decision aid that will be done in coordination with the USDA. This fluid integration will keep farmers from having to enter their data into the decision tool a second time once it is finalized.

The AFPC is making this version available so that farmers can gather their information, enter the data, and analyze their options to gain a familiarity with the tool and the output. Farmers can simply run the analysis again when the final version is released to assist with making their farm program decisions.

Prior to using the tool, farmers are encouraged to watch or listen to two explanatory videos or podcasts that explain some of the details farmers should be aware of when inputting their data. Follow the below links to access the YouTube videos:

Outline of Farm Programs

The AFPC has also released a PowerPoint outlining the key points in the Agricultural Act of 2014. As we are still waiting on the interpretation of the bill from USDA, the information provided is preliminary. However, it's important for farmers to begin educating themselves on the key changes in the bill and consider how these new farm programs may work for their farms. The PowerPoint is available online HERE.

Webinar

Recently, the Georgia Peanut Commission hosted a webinar for farmers to become more acquainted with what's included in the new legislation. A recording of the webinar can be accessed HERE.

Be patient, it is about one hour and 40 minutes in length, but full of pertinent information. Speakers include Stanley Fletcher, director of the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness and professor emeritus from UGA, Nathan Smith, UGA Extension economist for Peanuts and Bob Redding, Georgia Peanut Commission representative in Washington, D.C. LISTEN TO THE WEBINAR HERE
*Note: You will need to download BlackBoard to view/listen to the recorded webinar

Peanut Progress Report

Throughout the growing season, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service distributes a progress report on the state's peanut crop. Follow the links below for this year's issues:

Volume 8, Issue 1: July 2014

Volume 8, Issue 2: August 2014

Peanut referendum wins tremendous support from producers

In an overwhelming show of confidence in the National Peanut Board, America’s peanut farmers voted in favor of continuing the Peanut Promotion, Research and Information Order, which authorizes the National Peanut Board. In order for the continuance referendum to pass, a majority of eligible producers needed to vote in favor of continuing the Order. The referendum passed with a 92 percent approval rate. Read more

Three TPPB board members retire

March 27The Texas Peanut Producers Board is saying goodbye to three devoted, steadfast directors as they retire from their long-held positions. Scotty Koonce of DeLeon, James Martin of Lubbock and Haldon Messamore of Sudan leave behind them a well-paved path of commitment, hard work and many accomplishments for the Texas peanut industry.
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Nutrition Gone Nutty

Looking for a way to infuse your diet with peanuts? TPPB has a great recipe book available for download here. Also, if you or someone you know has or is at risk of diabetes, make sure you check out our Peanuts & Diabetes brochure here. We are unable to ship these items due to budget constraints. We appreciate your understanding of this.

 

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Upcoming Events

There are a number of USDA-NRCS Local Working Group meetings scheduled for August and September. Follow this link for information on your county's meeting.

September 5: Private pesticide applicator training, San Antonio, Texas

September 8: Crops/Weed Management Tour, White Deer, Texas

September 10: Farm and Ranch Estate Planning Workshop, Lubbock, Texas

September 11: Farm and Ranch Estate Planning Workshop, Littlefield, Texas