Farm Bill Forum Explains Changes for Local Cotton

Published 03/20 2014 11:16AM

Updated 03/20 2014 06:19PM

by Victoria Price

LUBBOCK, TX -- Hundreds of cotton farmers gathered in Lubbock Thursday for an educational conference about the ins and outs of the complicated new Farm Bill signed into law last month. This "Farm Bill 101", hosted by a consortium of regional ag groups, is said to be just the first of many informational sessions intended to help farmers through this transitional period.

The biggest policy change West Texas cotton producers will face is the shift in payment procedure. Previously, farmers received guaranteed subsidies from the governmental, regardless of how well or poor their crop did.

Congressman Randy Neugebauer was in attendance, a show of his support for the new agricultural legislation. Larry Combest, former Chairman for the House Committee on Agriculture, was a special guest as well.

Farmers say that while sessions like this help with some of the initial uncertainties of the new law, there's still a lot of other questions that remain unsolved. Tune into the KAMC News at 6 to hear from local cotton growers, as well as Congression Neugebauer's thoughts on the new Farm Bill.

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