Farm Bill updates
The Livestock Forage Program signup continues. This program addresses grazing losses from weather events such as the 2012 drought.
Signup is fairly easy and painless. You just need to tell us, by phone, in person, or email, the number of cows and bulls owned July 17, 2012 and the number of calves that weighed over 500 pounds on July 17, 2012.
Bred heifers and bull calves intended for the breeding herd will count as mature animals.
This part requires no documentation; it is strictly a producer certification process as to the numbers of livestock.
We also need to know where you pastured these animals and if it was improved or timber pasture.
Producers who rent pasture will have to have a cash lease or will need to obtain landowners signatures on a new form designed specifically for this program.
We can process the paperwork, call you when it is ready to sign and issue payments the next day if we have all signatures.
Applications made and paid after Sept. 30 may be subject to a 7.3 percent minimum sequestration reduction.
COC election underway
Producers can nominate candidates, including themselves, for the COC election to be held this fall. Nominations must be made before Aug. 1.
This election cycle will cover the Local Administrative Area 1, which is composed of Calumet, Prairieville, Ashley, and Cuivre townships and has been served by Larry Beauchamp.
Nominating forms may be obtained at the office or the web.
Limited CRP Signup starting
New CRP offers can now be taken but only for certain practices and is limited to the continuous practices.
Offers for field borders and the mostly environmental sensitive land will be accepted but not for whole farms.
The land must have cropping history four of the six years from 2008-2013. Other details are still being developed.
Offers must be made and approved before Sept. 30.
Early Out CRP
The new Farm Bill gives producers an opportunity to terminate early, without penalty, certain CRP contracts in Fiscal Year 2015, which starts Oct. 1.
While exact details are still unknown, it has been announced that certain CRP practices are ineligible and will not be considered for the early out.
Eligible contracts have to have been effect for at least five years, must have been a CP1, CP2, CP3, CP10 or CP11, and have an Erodibility index of less than 15, not involve restored wetlands, filter strips, waterways, or riparian buffer strips.
The start and end dates for requesting opt-outs will be announced at a later date.
We hope everyone finds the time and good health to enjoy the sights, sounds and fellowship of the county fair.
Spring is always a busy time with calving, crops and hay but most schools will start back in less than a month, soon after we harvest silage and then move into the grains before the snow flies.
Appreciate the summertime activities while we can because the next winter is closer than the last.
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.