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USDA to award millions for farm bill education

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $6 million to universities and cooperative state extension services to develop online decision tools and other materials for 2014 farm bill programs.

New tools will help farmers and ranchers determine what participation in programs established by the bill will mean for their businesses, according to the release.

The USDA will also award $3 million to state cooperative extension services to conduct public education outreach meetings on the farm bill. Producers will be able speak with local extension agents and Farm Service Agency staff members.

Outreach meetings will begin late this summer to help farmers and ranchers understand the new programs and their options.