Search for Excellence in Farm and Ranch Business Management

Mary Griffith
Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Ohio State University Extension

Brown, B.*1, , Griffith, M.*2, , Zoller, C.3,
1 Manager, Farm Management Program, Ohio State University Extension, Columbus, OH, 43210
2 Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension, London, OH, 43140
3 Extension Educator, ANR, Ohio State University Extension, New Philadelphia, OH, 44663

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (The 2018 Farm Bill) gave producers the opportunity to change program election annually, beginning with program year 2021. Crop producers had the option to make amendments to covered commodity elections and enroll in either Price Loss Coverage (PLC) or two versions of the Agricultural Revenue Coverage (ARC) program. These were the same program options that were available to producers during the 2019 and 2020 crop years, but producers had the option to change program elections to better manage the potential risks facing their farms during the 2021 crop year. OSU Extension partnered with the USDA Farm Service agency to provide four statewide virtual meetings to provide training and resources for producers to make informed decisions in program elections for the 2021 program year. Four virtual programs were offered with total registration of 916 and total attendance for live webinars at 754. The recorded webinars have 1,314 views of the recordings to date. 98.3% reported they are more knowledgeable about program election after attending the program and 80.9% reported that attending the webinar would directly influence their program election decision.