Meetings to be Held at Five West Tennessee Locations

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Cotton producers will soon see changes to several key USDA programs. Learn about the upcoming changes at one of five UT Extension meetings held October 29-31. Information for grain producers and landowners, also. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download image​
JACKSON, Tenn. – The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 calls for changes to several key U.S. Department of Agriculture programs. Tennessee producers can learn more about these changes at upcoming Generic Base/Seed Cotton Program meetings hosted by the University of Tennessee Extension.


The Act added seed cotton as a covered commodity under the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. Information provided at the UT Extension meetings will assist producers and landowners with finalizing their decisions regarding generic base acres and seed cotton as a result of these changes. The meetings will also provide information on managing seed damage through crop insurance and details on the Market Facilitation Program.


A total of five meetings will be held. Dates, times and locations are as follows:


Monday, October 29 at 8 a.m. – Dyer County Fairgrounds, Dyersburg, Tennessee

Monday, October 29 at 6 p.m. – Trustmark Bank, Somerville, Tennessee

Tuesday, October 30 at 8 a.m. – Gibson Electric Membership Corp., Alamo, Tennessee

Tuesday, October 30 at 6 p.m. – Delta Room, Brownsville, Tennessee

Wednesday, October 31 at 8 a.m. – West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson, Tennessee


The meetings are free and a meal is included. Participants are asked to pre-register at the following link,


More information about the meetings can be found at, or by contacting Aaron Smith at 865-974-7476, or Tara Williams at 615-277-2633


The Generic Base/Seed Cotton meetings are co-sponsored by USDA, Farm Credit Mid-America, Tennessee Farm Bureau and the Tennessee Soybean Association.


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Dr. Aaron Smith, Department of Agricultural Economics, 865-974-7476,


Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768,