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Schmidt: Keep Farm Bill Analyzer numbers updated

By Staff | Mar 13, 2015

By now most agriculture producers are aware of the one-time extension of the deadline to update base acres or yield history for ARC/PLC Programs. Farmers now have until March 31 to update yields and reallocate base acres and the deadline for choosing between ARC and PLC also remains March 31.

Many of you have come in to the Extension office to run your numbers through the Farm Bill Analyzer. Since some of you have expressed interest in running the numbers yourselves so I wanted to make sure you were aware that there are updated February FAPRI and USDA Projected Prices for the 2014-2018 National Marketing Year Average Price (MYA) on the NDSU Farm Management website. Unfortunately at this time, these updated numbers will need to be entered into the analyzer by hand so if you are using the web link to the analyzer you are aware that you will need to update these numbers by hand. Given there is a big difference in USDA-ERS and FAPRI 2015-2018 price projections it might be a good idea for operators to enter the different price scenarios and see their impact.

We will soon have March price updates which will be the last ones before final decisions must be made. After the March prices are released, Andy Swenson, NDSU Farm Management Specialist, will update the online analyzer. The Farm Bill analyzer can be accessed at ag.ndsu.edu/management/farm-bill. Scroll down the page to the “Tools” section and you will find a link to an excel spreadsheet with the updated February prices (which will need to be entered into the analyzer) and also a link to the analyzer below that. Most are able to use the short version if reallocation is known.

Please feel free to call the Extension office for questions or to set up an appointment to run the analyzer.


The second annual Pierce County “Crops, Cattle, & Coffee Roundtable” will be held Wednesday, March 25th from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Rugby Armory. This year’s meeting will offer a roundtable format. Topics slated for this year’s “Crops, Cattle & Coffee Roundtable” are:

Keeping Calves Alive Dr. Lagasse, Rugby Veterinary Clinic

Cow/Calf Budgets John Dhuyvetter, NDSU NC-REC Livestock Specialist

Cattle Nutrition Karl Hoppe, NDSU Carrington-REC Livestock Specialist

Crop Budgets Shana Pederson, NDSU NC-REC Cropping Systems Specialist

SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) & Cover Crops, Karl Hoppe, NDSU Carrington-REC Livestock Specialist

NRCS Programs and Funding Opportunities, Brad Jacobs, Pierce County NRCS District Conservationist

Those unfamiliar with the roundtable meeting format can expect a format a bit different than a traditional meeting format. During a roundtable meeting each presenter typically gives a short overview of his/her topic followed by a discussion period where participants are invited to ask questions and share experiences. The other key difference with a roundtable meeting format is that participants and speakers are seated around tables in a circle or square versus the traditional classroom arrangement.

Roundtable meetings offer unique opportunities for learning and professional exchange.

There is no fee to attend the “Crops, Cattle & Coffee Roundtable” but registration is highly encouraged for meal and material preparations. For more information or to register please call the Pierce County NDSU Extension office at 776-6234 ext. 5 or the Pierce County NRCS/SCD office at 776-2207 ext. 3.

Register for Spring Fever Forums

If you want to learn about selecting trees or growing a productive garden, the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Spring Fever Garden Forums can help.

NDSU Extension is offering the series of workshops for gardeners across the state Monday and Tuesday nights, March 23 24, 30 and 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CST.

Registration for the Spring Fever Garden Forums is now open and will be done online again this year. Participants can register online to attend at home or at a county Extension office site. The website is ag.ndsu.edu/springfever/training-sites-for-2015. Pierce County is excited to once again be among one of 40 host sites across North Dakota!

“More than 1,000 gardeners will participate in this mega-event,” states Tom Kalb, Extension horticulturist. “It is a great opportunity to learn of gardening trends and see the latest research from NDSU.”

All gardeners are welcome and everything is free. The Spring Fever Garden Forums will be held on Monday and Tuesday nights, March 23, 24, 30 and 31, at the Pierce County Courthouse Community Meeting Room from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CDT. We encourage you to register for the program as this helps our county offices provide handouts and other educational materials for you. For a full list of presentations and to register go to ag.ndsu.edu/springfever/training-sites-for-2015.

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