Agriculture Notes

April 28, 2002

Agriculture agency adds lamb incentive payment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added an incentive payment for ewe lambs for program years three and four under the Lamb Meat Adjustment Assistance Program.

Ewe lambs must not be older than 18 months; not have produced an offspring; not be diseased; and be maintained in the herd for at least one complete lambing cycle.

One exception is for the first year of the program -- ewe lambs that produced an offspring before the availability of the incentive payment are eligible for the payment if the lambs were younger than 18 months old at the time of giving birth.

Payment rates are $18 per head for each ewe lamb purchased or retained for breeding purposes between Aug. 1, 2001, and July 31, 2002.

Applications for year three (Aug. 1, 2001 to July 31, 2002) are due by Aug. 15 and for year four (Aug. 1, 2002 to July 31, 2003) by Aug. 15, 2003. Applications should be sent to the Carroll County Farm Service Agency office, 1004 Littlestown Pike, Westminster. Information: 410-848- 2780.

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