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Friday Forum on March 9 covers changes in the U.S. Farm Bill

March 5, 2012

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BOZEMAN - A Friday Forum lunchtime discussion on March 9 covers the sprawling U.S. Farm Bill, which is up for renewal in 2012. Presenter Vince Smith of the Montana State University Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics will discuss what programs should be eliminated to balance the budget, what new programs might be included to help family farms and to improve human health and the environment, and what are the implications for Montana.

The discussion begins at noon at Pilgrim Congregational Church, located at 2118 S. Third Ave. in Bozeman. It is free and open to all.

Smith will discuss likely changes to farm policies, including termination of direct payments, adjusting price supports, reducing the scope of the Conservation Reserve program, revisiting the ethanol use mandate.

Smith is currently a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and serves as a consultant on domestic and international agricultural issues to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USDA and other agencies.

The Friday Forum is sponsored by Wonderlust, a lifelong learning group affiliated with MSU's Extended University. Audience members are encouraged to bring lunch while sponsors will provide coffee and cookies. For more information on Wonderlust, visit http://eu.montana.edu/wonderlust

Marilyn Jarvis, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-6683 or mjarvis@montana.edu