Members of the Western Peanut Growers Association (WPGA) will be hosting a Farm Bill Education Meeting later this month, according to a press release issued by the Seminole-based organization on Thursday.


The meeting, which is open to the public, is slated to be held on Wednesday, March 26, beginning at the Gaines County Civic Building, located 402 NW 5th St., in Seminole.


The meeting, according to the WPGA press release, is slated for a 10 a.m. start.


The 31st Annual Business Meeting of the WPGA Membership will be held at 9 a.m. and adjourn to the Educational Farm Bill Session. The Business Meeting will include filling the expiring terms of three directors. The membership is encouraged to attend both of these informative meetings.


“The WPGA Board of Directors chose this venue to help farmers, industry and agribusinesses begin the process of understanding the diverse changes made to farm policy in “The Agriculture Act of 2014”. Producers will have several choices to make and will need to begin learning now what is involved with each of these choices in order to make the best decisions for their individual farming operation.” says Tony Dill, WPGA President.


“Our hats are off to the agriculture leadership and staff for their dedication to making this intricate farm bill possible under the current political environment. While the rules and regulations have not been officially written for the implementation of the new law; it will help growers to begin understanding the new initial concepts of the law and the variety of choices that it offers.” continued Dill.


The tentative agenda for the education meeting will include a basic overview of the Peanut and Cotton Programs and a question and answer session with knowledgeable guest panelists: Kathy Sayers, USDA Agricultural Program Specialist for Peanut Loans and LDP’s; Steve Verett, Executive Vice President of Plains Cotton Growers and Tom Sell, WPGA Attorney/Consultant with Combest Sell & Associates.


This meeting is open to all who have an interest in agriculture. Coffee and doughnuts will be available while it lasts.


WPGA members and friends of the industry are encouraged to attend.