Crop Programs & Insurance Decision-Making Workshops Taking Place in Feb.

(Lena, Shawano, Antigo)  Farms are in the middle of very important decision-making processes regarding their crop acres for the 2024 growing season.  Two key programs both have decision deadlines of March 15.  By then, all producers must elect whether they will be enrolling in ARC or PLC through the Farm Service Agency and they must also make their crop insurance coverage decisions.  These two programs interact to form the base of crop risk management practices for a farm.

Cost of crop production in 2024 going to be high and expected income is likely to not fully match expenses for some crops.  Thus, proper risk management is extremely important for farms as we approach the upcoming production year.  The Extension Offices of Shawano, Oconto, Marinette and Langlade Counties are sponsoring a series of workshops that are designed to help producers make these exceptionally important decisions regarding crop insurance coverage, FSA program participation, and crop vs. crop planting decisions.

The free events are being held in three locations:
Tues., Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. @ Langlade Cty. Extension Office (1225 Langlade Rd., Antigo)
Wed., Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. @ Lena Town Hall (6087 Goatsville Road, Lena)
Fri., Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. @ Shaw. Cty. Courthouse rooms A/B (311 N. Main St.)

Discussion will begin with an overview of the ARC vs. PLC decision process for 2024 and how that choice interacts with crop insurance.  Primary focus of the event will be Crop Insurance type and coverage selection.  Scott Reuss, Regional Crops/Soils Educator with UW-Madison, Division of Extension, will lead the discussion and analysis.  Included in the discussion will be ways that producers can maximize coverage and how the choices which farms make impact their per acre premiums and coverage levels.

At the conclusion of the program, any farms wanting to go through an analysis of per acre cost of production estimates with Reuss can remain and do so. This free program is open for all producers and consultants to attend.  Contact Reuss at 715-732-7510, text/call to 715-701-0966, or e-mail to if you have any questions about the program.

Two additional opportunities for this discussion are taking place in Wausau the morning of Feb. 13 and in Appleton the afternoon of Feb. 20.  Any area producers wanting to attend one of those two sessions should contact Reuss for details.

An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title VI, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requirements.  Please call the Marinette County Extension office, 715-732-7510 or 1-877-884-4408, to request any type of accommodation or assistance that you may require to attend this event.  All requests will be kept confidential.