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County committee members sought

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Are you interested in serving on the Huron COC?

From June 15 through Aug. 1, farmers and ranchers can nominate eligible peers as candidates for election to the Huron County Farm Service Agency County Committee.

An election will be held for the Huron County Committee position for LAA 2 that includes the townships of Bronson, Clarksfield, Hartland, Norwalk, Townsend, and Wakeman.

This is an important time for LAA communities, because county committee members make decisions that have significant effects on you and the area's agricultural sector as a whole. For example, committee members make decisions on applications for federal farm program and disaster payments. Committee members play a vital role by helping local farmers and ranchers manage tough financial times and natural disasters. County committee members make many other important decisions that affect local farmers and ranchers.

Talk to a county committee member or the County Executive Director for details on the types of decisions county committee members make. The FSA-669A, Nomination Form, can be obtained at the county office or on-line at the above address. If you can not visit the office just give us a call and we will be glad to send you the nomination form. Remember, the nomination period runs June 15 through Aug. 1. Actual voting takes place in December. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 2.

Dec. 3 is the last day to return voted ballots to the county office. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office Jan. 1, 2008. If you would like more information about serving on the Huron County Committee attend a public meeting at 9 a.m. July 2 at the Huron County FSA Office, 8 Fair Road, Norwalk. Duties and responsibilities of a county committee person will be discussed and applicable information provided.

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

Mowing of CRP acres This is a topic we mention often as it is very important to our CRP producers. CRP participants are reminded of restrictions on mowing acres enrolled in CRP practices. Mowing activities, other than to control noxious weeds or undesirable woody vegetation must be included in each participant's Conservation Plan (CPO). Mowing, at anytime to help control weeds during cover establishment is generally acceptable. After the practice is established, no mowing shall be conducted on CRP acres except to control noxious weeds and undesirable woody vegetation. This applies to all practices including filter strips. Only the affected areas shall be treated. Spot mowing or spraying to control noxious weeds during the nesting and brood season (March 1-July 15) requires prior FSA County Committee approval. Contact your local FSA County office for more on maintaining your CRP cover.

Disaster program Just as a heads up, the USDA has announced that under the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery and Iraq Accountability Appropriation Act 2007, Disaster Payments have been authorized. These payments will be issued for 2005-2006-2007 crop disaster losses. The county office has no further information on this matter.

Call for appointments With the June 30 deadline fast approaching for certifying small grain crops such as wheat and barley, it is important that producers call and schedule their appointments to report their crops as soon as possible. The county office is becoming solidly booked and it appears we will need to utilize a register to complete the certification process.

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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