Farm Bill Education Program

A series of informational notes were prepared by agricultural economists to assist you on the decision making processes with respect to the 2014 Farm Bill.  Increase your knowledge of the programs and tools available to you.

Conservation Client Gateway 

The USDA/NRCS CGate webpage is new website that provides landowners and producers the alternative to work with NRCS via the Internet as a supplement to in-person support.  Save time by completing one or more of these tasks from your house/farm:

  • Request technical assistance
  • Apply for financial assistance
  • Manage your conservation program plans and contracts
  • View, sign, and submit documents online
  • Track the status of program payments
  • Store and retrieve technical and financial files

Get started today by visiting USDA/NRCS CGate webpage.

Information Sheets

Important Timelines

  • August, 2014 – October 7, 2014 Application period for crop year 2014 for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)
  • September 29, 2014 – April 7, 2015 Farm base acres reallocation and yield history update.
  • October, 2014 – July 31, 2015 Application period for crop year 2015 for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)
  • November 17, 2014 – April 7, 2015 Producers can make one-time election between ARC and PLC for 2014-2018 crop years.
  • June 1, 2015 - Deadline for producers to certify conservation compliance to be eligible for crop insurance premium support.
  • June 17, 2015 – September 30, 2015: Enrolment period for Safety Net Programs (ARC and PLC).
  • July 1, 2015 – November 20, 2015: Enrollment period for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program.
  • July 6, 2015 – September 30, 2015: Enrollment period for Cotton Transition Assistance Program.
  • October 2015 – If triggered, payments will be issued for the 2014 crop year.

Decision Tools

Two national farm bill decision aids have been developed as a result of two groups being awarded $1.5 million grants to develop the web-based tools.

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Other Resources

USDA FSA 2014 Farm Bill

Agronomy EDIS publications/UF IFAS

County Data Release Schedule

USDA/NASS Quick Stats Search Tool