Agriculture Notes

AGRICULTURE NOTES

September 12, 2004

Workshop focuses on finding tractor for small farm

The Maryland Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop with the title "Choosing a Tractor and Equipment for Your Small Farm" from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center in Clarksville.

Participants will learn what tools are right for their farm, how to choose the proper size equipment, and how to evaluate used equipment. Workshop leaders will review tractors, tillers, mowers and other implements.

The cost is $10. Registration is required by Wednesday.

Information: 410-313-2707.

Equine resource books available at half price

The Carroll County Extension Office has copies of equine resource books available for 50 percent off the retail price.

The books were purchased with a small grant.

Available books are Horse Owner's Field Guide to Toxic Plants by Sandra Burger, $10; Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage by Cherry Hill, $7; and Guide to the Identification of Grasses by the Scotts Company, $10.

Call first to make sure the books are still available.

The extension office is on Smith Avenue extended in Westminster.

Information: 410-386-2760.

Comments sought on ewe lamb proposal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments for the Ewe Lamb Replacement and Retention Program's (ELRRP) proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday.

The proposal will assist producers of sheep and lambs by providing up to $18 million in direct cash payments to encourage the replacement and retention of ewe lamb breeding stock.

Payments are designed to provide immediate financial assistance to sheep and lamb producers who have recently experienced reduced production and flock size, low prices and poor market conditions.

The public has until Oct. 7 to comment on the proposed rule, and until Nov. 8 to comment on the information collected on the application form.

To submit comments:

E-mail: danielle_cooke@ wdc.fsa.usda.gov.

Fax: 202-690-3307.

Mail or hand deliver: Grady Bilberry, director, Price Support Division (PSD), Farm Service Agency, USDA, STOP 512, Room 4095-S, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-0512.

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

Comments on the information collection requirements of the rule must be sent to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D.C. 20503 and to Bilberry, at the above address or call 202-720-7901.

A copy of the proposal is available on the PSD home page at www.fsa.usda.gov/dafp/psd.

Information: 410-848-2780, ext. 2.

Rites of Fall event offered in Gettysburg

The Master Gardeners of Adams County will hold the 2004 Rites of Fall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Agricultural and Natural Resources Center, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg.

Keynote speaker Darrell Trout, author and lecturer, will present a program based on his new book, The Kitchen Garden Planner.

Rick Mikula, an author, lecturer and photographer, will discuss butterfly gardening.

After lunch, workshops will be offered on fire-wise landscaping, ecological gardening and ideas and recipes for the autumn harvest.

Advance registration with payment is required by Oct. 1. Late registration will be accepted if space allows. The fee includes all program activities, continental breakfast and lunch.

For a registration form, call 717-334-6271, or e-mail mar35@ psu.edu.

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