Online tool helps farmers weigh preliminary options in Farm Bill

By Breanne Brammer

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WASHINGTON July 1, 2014 - The Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M University has released a preliminary version of a 2014 Farm Bill decision-aid tool for farmers.

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The Texas Corn Producers Board worked with AFPC to develop the tool. Financial assistance was also provided by USDA. Stephanie Pruitt, the board's communications director, said some farmers on the board have seen the product and are excited about it.

“It's really giving farmers the opportunity to see how farm programs will impact their operations,” Pruitt said. “It gives them a chance to weigh their options.”

The preliminary version of the tool helps farmers gather their information, enter the data, and analyze their options. Farmers can simply run analysis again when the final version is released, after USDA's Farm Service Agency finalizes its interpretations of the 2014 Farm Bill, to assist with making their farm-program decisions.

The online tool is available on the AFPC website. Prior to using the tool, farmers are encouraged to watch or listen to two videos that explain how to enter the data.

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