Workshops to discuss changes in Farm Bill programs

A pair of California workshops next week will examine program changes under the new Farm Bill.

DAVIS, Calif. — Changes in conservation and commodity programs under the new Farm Bill will be discussed in a pair of meetings next week in Northern and Central California, sponsored by the USDA and local Farm Bureau offices.

The 9:30 a.m. workshops June 24 in Yuba City and June 25 in Fresno will also probe changes in crop insurance, rural development programs, loans, disaster programs and other federal offerings, according to a news release.

The workshops will include officials from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Farm Service Agency, the Risk Management Agency and Rural Development, according to the release.

Among the officials’ presentations will be one on the additional options available in commodity programs, disaster programs and a new milk income loss program. Rural Development officials will discuss new home loan eligibility for rural areas with populations of up to 35,000 and a new grant program for business development with priority for local food projects.

Most of the workshops will be devoted to answering questions and providing one-on-one assistance to attendees, the release states.

The Yuba City meeting will be at the Farm Bureau office at 475 Palora Ave., while the Fresno gathering will be at the Farm Bureau at 1274 W. Hedges Ave.



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