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June 27, 2002   Email to Friend 

NEW GUIDE HELPS PRODUCERS UNDERSTAND FARM BILL
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
June 27, 2002

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has unveiled a Farm Bill Guide and Calculator, a tool growers can use to take the guesswork out of figuring direct payments, countercyclical payments, marketing loan assistance and total program benefits for producers of corn, barley,cotton, oats, rice, sorghum, soybeans and wheat.

By using NCGA's Farm Bill Calculator, developed in cooperation with the Center for Agriculture & Rural Development, producers can input their county loan rates to get the big picture on their payments.

"The calculator is a great tool for growers,"said NCGA Public Policy Action Team Chairman Ron Litterer. "It gives them the opportunity to sit down and look at their operation. Due to the complexities of the farm bill, growers need to be able to enter their own data and get the information that applies directly to them." Litterer noted the NCGA is compiling a pocket-sized guide to the farm bill that will include the calculator on a computer disk as a convenient tool for association members. That guide and calculator will be mailed to all 32,000 NCGA members later this month.

The Farm Bill calculator can also be downloaded from www.ncga.com in either one zip file or in three separate files. Once downloaded, farmers can input the specific information from their operation and find out what benefits they will receive.

Litterer, a grower from Greene, Iowa, said not only is the calculator a handy tool, it's easy to use. "It's not a complicated program at all. It's laid out in a usable Excel spreadsheet format and allows most producers to enter their data and get results quickly. For anyone who uses computers on a fairly regular basis, it should be a snap."




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