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Only a few spots left for 'Annie's Project'

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Time is running out to register for the “Annie” project

There are just a few spots left for the “Annie’s Project” series that will be presented by the Ohio State Extension Service of Erie County.

The program is designed to help farm women develop their management and decision making skills in the complex and dynamic world of agriculture. You do not have to reside in Erie County to attend. It is the projects mission to empower farm women to be better business partners through networking and by managing and organizing critical information. Classes will be held at the EHOVE Joint Vocational School 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. Classes will get under way on Jan. 17 and run through Feb. 21. This comprehensive course will provide information on communication, tax management, retirement planning, crop insurance, basics of grain marketing, financial statements and record keeping, and an update on farm loan, FSA, NRCS programs that are available to assist producers. All very useful topics that will assist woman involved in agriculture on a daily basis.  Experts in the various course areas will be on hand to present the information and answer any questions you may have. At just $60 for the entire course, which includes all course information, dinner, and an opportunity to share your experience with others, this program is the best bargain of the year. The class size is limited to provide the optimum one on one experience and at this point are almost full. If you are interested in one of the few spots still available you need to contact Zach Rinkes, the OSU Extension Educator for Erie County, at (419) 627-7631 today and get your registration in place immediately.

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

Dairy disaster assistance — Eligible dairy producers can sign-up for the Dairy Disaster Assistance Program (DDAP-III) at your local FSA Service Center if you have experienced qualifying losses. DDAP-III will compensate producers for production losses that resulted from cattle and yield losses and produced milk that had to be dumped because of lack of electricity, closed milk plants and damaged containment equipment. A producer’s operation must be in a county designated a major disaster or emergency area by the President or declared a natural disaster area by the Secretary of Agriculture between Jan. 1, 2005, and Feb. 28, 2007. Counties contiguous to such counties will also be eligible. Producers in counties declared disasters by the President may be eligible, even though agricultural loss was not covered by the declaration, if there has been a FSA Administrator’s Physical Loss Notice covering such losses.

Eligibility requirements — Under proposed DDAP-III regulations, the following are some of the eligibility requirements producers must meet to receive benefits. Producers must have produced and marketed milk any time between Jan. 1, 2005, and Feb. 28, 2007; producers must have suffered dairy production losses attributed to the declared natural disaster during the eligible period in an approved area; and producers must provide proof of monthly milk production commercially marketed by all persons in the eligible dairy operation during the applicable milk marketing calendar year and claim period (Jan. 2, 2005 to Feb. 27, 2007).

Deadline approaching — Wool, mohair, and pelt producers don’t let this deadline pass you by. Eligible producers have until Jan. 31 to apply for LDPs for wool, mohair and unshorn pelts produced during the 2007 crop year. Eligible producers must have beneficial interest in the pelts, owned the lamb for at least 30 calendar days before the date of slaughter and sell the unshorn lamb for immediate slaughter. Producers must also comply with wetland conservation and highly erodible land conservation provisions on all lands they operate or have interest in. To qualify for payment, pelts must have been produced by an eligible producer from live unshorn lambs of domestic origin in the United States.

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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