Agriculture Notes

AGRICULTURE NOTES

October 09, 2005

Workshop set on management plans

The Maryland Department of Agriculture and University of Maryland Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop for farmers who want to become certified to write nutrient management plans for their own operations.

A workshop will be held on "Crop Operations Using Manure and Fertilizer" starting Oct. 17 in Frederick County. Other workshops on different plans will be offered around the state.

Certification requires attendance at two workshops. The first class gives the fundamentals of planning and take-home materials to study. The second class includes small group meetings, an exam and work on developing a plan.

Registration is $20 and is required at least 10 days in advance of the first workshop.

For information and registration on this and other workshops, call 410-841-5959.

MILC program won't be extended

The Carroll County Farm Service Agency has announced that legislation was not enacted to extend the Milk Income Loss Contract program.

The program ended Sept. 30 as provided by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.

Producers wishing to obtain program benefits for all previous months for which a payment was in effect must provide the dairy operation's final production evidence and documentation by the close of business Nov. 1.

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

Final payments for corn, grain sorghum

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that it will issue final 2004-crop counter-cyclical payments for corn and grain sorghum.

The final payment rate is 29 cents per bushel for corn and 27 cents per bushel for grain sorghum.

Final payments are made at the end of an applicable crop's 12-month marketing year. The 2002 Farm Bill provides for two partial 2004-crop counter-cyclical payments, which were paid in October 2004 and in February.

Since the money for the early payments was less than the current rate, producers will receive additional payments.

For details on the direct and counter-cyclical payment programs, visit the local Farm Service Agency on Littlestown Pike in Westminster.

Information: 410-848-2780.

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