When farmers choose one of the 2014 Farm Bill’s safety-net programs this winter, a new web tool can help them evaluate which program is best for them.
The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, or FAPRI at the University of Missouri built the tool. FAPRI program director Peter Zimmel says the tool allows farmers to enter specific information about their operation. Farmers will have the option to choose between the Price Loss Coverage and the Agricultural Risk Coverage programs and their choice will run for the life of the Farm Bill. The web tool, developed in partnership with Texas A&M and the University of Illinois, can be accessed by computer or any mobile device. Zimmel urges producers to use the tool before choosing a Farm Bill program.