Agriculture Notes

April 15, 2001

Expert on security to discuss design, lighting of landscaping

Maryland Cooperative Extension of Carroll County will offer a seminar on landscape security at 7 p.m. April 23 at the office on Smith Avenue in Westminster.

Jim Emerick of Risk Management Consultants will discuss design and lighting for a home's exterior. Emerick is a former crime-prevention officer and a certified crime-prevention specialist.

Participants should prepare questions pertaining to their home and grounds. The program is free, but registration is required.

Information: 410-386-2760.

Agency taking applications for farm assistance funds

Carroll County Farm Service Agency is accepting applications for the Wool and Mohair Market Loss Assistance Program through May 4.

The signup period has been extended from Friday.

Payments are for those who produced and sheared wool or mohair during the 2000 marketing year.

The Commodity Credit Corp. will determine the national payment rate at the close of the application period, based on nearly $19.96 million allotted and the eligible wool and mohair.

Eligible wool and mohair must have been produced and sheared in the United States from livestock owned 30 calendar days or more by the producer at the time of shearing last year.

Only one CCC-1155 form is required, unless the producer has wool and mohair, in which case forms would be needed for each product.

Products do not have to be sold to be eligible for payment. A farmer does not have to be producing wool or mohair currently, but he or she must be in the business of producing and marketing agricultural products.

The farm agency is at 1004 Littlestown Pike, Westminster. Information: 410-848-2780.

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