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AGRI-BUSINESS NEWS AND NOTES - Annie's project presented by OSU

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM

The Erie County OSU Extension has a special program planned for area farm women. This program will help farm women develop their management and decision making skills in the complex and dynamic world of agriculture.

The mission of Annie's Project is to empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. Classes will be held at EHOVE Joint Vocational School located at 316 W. Mason Road in Milan. All classes will be held on Thursday evenings and will begin at 5:45 with a light dinner and will end at 9 p.m.

There are six classes in the series that will begin on Jan. 17 and run through Feb. 21. A wide variety of topics will be covered including NRCS and FSA Programs, basics of grain marketing, retirement planning, tax management for farms, business communications, and much more. The total cost for all six classes is $60 per participant. This fee must be paid prior to the first class and includes all materials and meals. If you are interested in this program give Zachary Rinkes your OSU Educator a call at (419) 627-7631 today. The classes will be limited to the first 20 women who register.

Here are some agri-business notes from the Huron and Erie County Farm Service Agency:

National farm safety and health week Sept.16 to 22 is recognized as The National Farm Safety & Health Week. This is an annual promotion from the national safety council commemorating the sacrifices, hard work, and diligence of our nation's farmers. The 2007 event marks the 64th consecutive signing of a proclamation by a U.S. president, beginning with Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1944.

Preventing fraud, waste The Farm Service Agency has joined with the Risk Management Agency to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in the Federal Crop Insurance Program. FSA has, and will continue to, assist RMA and insurance providers by monitoring crop conditions throughout the growing season. In addition, FSA will refer all suspected cases of fraud, waste and abuse to RMA. Producers can report suspected cases to the county office staff, RMA office, or the Office of the Inspector General.

Mid-term management reviews for CRP completed The NRCS/SWCD review teams that were formed to view the sites of all Conservation Reserve Practices that have been installed for sign up 26 and 27 have completed their site visits. The information they gathered will now be discussed with the NRCS District Conservationist and the FSA County Director. Upon completion of this review, all producers who have a contract that was put into place during the target signups will be scheduled an appointment to meet with the NRCS and FSA staff. At this meeting they will have the opportunity to choose the practice they wish to use from the options that will be offered by the team. In some cases, no action may be required. Producers will receive cost-share for enhancing their practices. However, this program does not address compliance issues that are the responsibility of the producer. Any such issues noted by the review team will be addressed at the time of the meetings. It will be the responsibility of the producer to bring their practice back into compliance if there is an issue. No cost share will be paid for bringing a practice back into the required specifications per the producers plan.

DCP for 2007 coming to a close The final day for producers to submit supporting documents for their 2007 Direct and Counter Cyclical Contract is Sept. 30. If you have initiated a contract but need to supply us with signature authority or cash rent statements time is running out. If you cannot obtain a cash rent statement or signature from your landlord, you can provide us with a copy of your lease or a copy of your cancelled check verifying you are renting the stated land. If you had a cash rent statement last year and nothing has changed on the farm, you can self-certify the farm.

Diana Strouse is the county executive director for the Huron and Erie County Farm Service Agency. For more information, call the agency at (419) 668-4113.

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