Conservation programs took up much of the spotlight in the 2008 Farm Bill and did receive a good bit of funding. However, when we polled our readers in September about whether they already participate or plan to participate in any of the conservation programs, the reaction was split fairly evenly.
Those participants who voted “No” expressed frustration via their explanations of why they are not participating or plan to participate. For producers who are interested in the programs, the National Cotton Council has set up a “Conservation in Cotton Production” portal on its Web site at www.cotton.org. Even farmers who have experienced frustrations may be able to glean information from this NCC source to help sort out some of the programs’ intricacies.
Following is a sampling of what our readers had to say:
• “We want as little as we can from the federal government.”
• “Every little bit helps when things are tight.”
• “There are too many hoops to jump through, and then they tell you that they have run out of funds.”
• “If I can get help on reworking old terraces and basins that were laid out wrong originally and washed one farm away, then I will participate.”
• “In my opinion, there are too many stupid requirements.”
In this month’s Web Poll, we are switching gears from 2008 Farm Bill conservation programs to cell phone apps. How likely are you to download one that targets some aspect of your farming operation?
To participate, go to www.cottonfarming.com. The results of the November Web Poll will be reported in the Cotton Farming January issue.
Web Poll Results
In September, we asked: Do you currently participate or do you plan to participate in any of the conservation programs that are now available to farmers?
• Yes — 41 %
• No — 59%
November Web Poll Question
How likely would you be to download a cell phone app (application) pertaining to some aspect of your farming operation? Please elaborate on your choice in the Web Poll’s “Comments” section.
(1) Very likely
(2) Somewhat likely
(3) Not at all likely
Register your vote at www.cottonfarming.com.
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