Farm Bill workshop scheduled

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Penn State University will host a special satellite workshop covering the 2002 Farm Bill on Tuesday (Aug. 6). The workshop, offered in cooperation with Cornell University, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be broadcast from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be available nationwide on the KU and C bands.

Program coordinator Ken Bailey, Penn State associate professor of dairy markets and policy, said in a release that the program will focus on the dairy and grain provisions of the Farm Bill and how they will affect dairy producers in the Northeast U.S. and nationally.

"The new farm bill is pretty broad," Bailey said in the release. "It has new dairy provisions, new grain programs and expanded funding under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which is a cost sharing program for livestock producers to develop waste management systems.

"We want to make producers aware of provisions that can affect their agricultural operations. For example, many producers don't know anything about the new dairy deficiency payment program."

Bailey said the satellite program will be targeted for dairy operations in the northeastern United States, but will address dairy issues that affect the entire nation.

The satellite program will unfold in two parts. "Part I – 2002 Farm Bill" runs from 9-10:50 a.m.

Part II of the program, covering round IV of the Dairy Options Pilot Program (DOPP IV), will start at 11 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

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