Texas Tech Co-hosts Farm Bill Impact Forum

What can we expect for the South Plains?

The Texas Tech University Center for Agricultural Technology Transfer, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Lubbock County will host “The 2014 Farm Bill: Changes in Crops and Conservation” issues forum at 2 p.m., Monday (March 24) at the Texas Tech University International Cultural Center, located at 601 Indiana Ave.

The forum will provide attendees an overview of the major changes in crop and conservation policies, as well as a chance to ask questions about their individual operations.  The event is free and open to the general public.

Those wishing to gain information about the new regulations and programs involved with the 2014 Farm Bill will find this forum to be educational and useful.  Three guest speakers will present various topics of interest in the Bill and will highlight major changes that will directly impact producers of the South Plains region. The speakers include Darren Richardson, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Darren Hudson, Texas Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics; and Jay Yates, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The event is organized by students in Texas Tech’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communications. Those unable to attend may keep up through the event’s Facebook page, or Twitter feed, twitter.com/TTUAgIssueForum. The event’s hashtag is #farmbillttu.

The purpose of “The 2014 Farm Bill: Changes in Crops and Conservation” is to provide agricultural producers, agribusinesses and all interested parties with educational and practical information about the changing policies of crop production and conservation in the United States and specifically the South Plains region.

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CONTACT:Erica Irlbeck, assistant professor, Ag Education and Communications, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, (806) 834-6708 or erica.irlbeck@ttu.edu.