Farm Service Agency News
by Roger Colbert
The 2011 SURE or disaster program sign-up has begun and will continue through June 7, 2013. The entire county is eligible as we were under two disaster designations in 2011, one for flooding and one for excessive rain and flooding. For a specific producer to be eligible, they must have had 10 percent loss and been covered by crop insurance unless a Beginning Farmer or Limited Resource Producer.
If you think you had a loss in 2011, please call the office so we can work up your application.
This sign-up is only for 2011 crops and is not for 2012 losses. No program has been announced for the 2012 losses at this time.
NRCS Announces Jan. 18 Deadline for EQIP Funding in Missouri
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has set Jan. 18, as the next cut-off date for ranking applications for about $25.6 million available through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
EQIP is a very popular conservation program in Pike, Ralls and surrounding counties. It helps producers of agricultural products improve water quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits.
District Conser-vationist Gary Noel says that while NRCS accepts applications for EQIP on a continuous basis, producers must file applications by the Jan. 18 deadline to be considered for the next round of application funding. Applications filed after Jan. 18 will be considered in the next ranking period if funds remain available.
EQIP provides financial assistance for a variety of conservation activities, such as constructing terraces, planting cover crops, reduced tillage, field buffers, rotational grazing systems, animal waste management systems and much more.
Additionally, NRCS offers special initiatives through EQIP, including:
• On-Farm Energy Initiative: helps producers conserve energy on their operations.
• Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative: helps producers install high tunnels designed to extend the growing season into the cold months, increase productivity, keep plants at a steady temperature and conserve water and energy.
• Organic Initiative: helps producers to install conservation practices on certified organic operations or those working toward organic certification.
Applicants can sign up at their local NRCS service center in Bowling Green (573-324-3201 ext. # 3) or New London (573-985-8611 ext. # 3).
Soil Health and Cover Crop Workshop, Tuesday, Feb. 19, Father Buhman Center, Shelbina,
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(8 a.m. registration)
Workshop features David Brandt, a nationally recognized farmer from Carroll, Ohio, whose operation consists of corn, soybeans and wheat. David has been continuous no-till since 1971 and has used cover crops since 1979. He has expanded and experimented with a variety of cover crops to improve soil structure, add nutrients and increase yield for the next crop in the rotation. David has used tillage radishes, Austrian winter peas, hairy vetch, sunn hemp, and many others.
Also speaking will be Mike Plumer, a retired University of Illinois Extension Agronomist, who has extensive expertise with annual ryegrass used as a cover crop in corn and soybean rotations. He has years of field trial data using annual ryegrass as a cover crop. He will also give valuable insight of termination techniques used to effectively control annual ryegrass.
Registration is $10 and can be paid to the Shelby County SWCD, PO Box 158, Shelbyville, MO 63469. For questions about this workshop, call 573-633-2211 ext. 3
Producers are always welcome to contact the office if you have any questions. You can call 573-324-3313 or stop at the office at 1220 Business 61 South in Bowling Green, or email at email@example.com.