The upcoming farm bill could bring sweeping changes to how farmers in the South stay in business, experts said. On Election Day, Nov. 6, farmers are invited to join the National Agricultural Law Center for a workshop in Stuttgart to learn what a reauthorized farm bill may mean to their operations, as well as crop insurance and other legal issues for row crop producers.

The upcoming farm bill could bring sweeping changes to how farmers in the South stay in business, experts said. On Election Day, Nov. 6, farmers are invited to join the National Agricultural Law Center for a workshop in Stuttgart to learn what a reauthorized farm bill may mean to their operations, as well as crop insurance and other legal issues for row crop producers.

The workshop will be held at the Grand Prairie Center, 2709 Highway 165 South, from 10 a.m. until noon. The meeting will be followed by a lunch for participants catered by King Kat Catfish. There is no charge for the meeting or lunch.

“We will give producers the latest update on the 2012 Farm Bill, including the process and likely outcomes of the farm bill,” said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center. “We will also cover other issues such as the farm bill proposal that would significantly modify the appeals process for farmers who receive adverse determinations from FSA or NRCS.”

Pittman said the workshop – which will also include a question and answer session — will have a practical discussion of legal aspects of federal crop insurance, including issues involving documentation, prevented planting, conversion of catfish ponds, and aspects of crop insurance arbitration. The workshop will also address areas such as farm leasing issues.

Pittman and Grant Ballard, center research consultant and associate with the Banks Law Firm PLLC, will be presenters at each workshop. The producer meetings are provided with support from the firm.

For additional information to RSVP, contact Center Director Harrison Pittman at hmpittm@uark.edu or (479) 575-7640.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.