Agriculture Notes

AGRICULTURE NOTES

March 05, 2006

Phone system gives status of USDA loans

Farm Service Agency Administrator Teresa Lasseter has announced that direct loan borrowers with the United States Department of Agriculture can now check the status of their accounts around the clock using a new toll-free telephone number.

The number, 888-518-4983, is available in English and Spanish.

The telephone system provides Farm Service Agency direct loan borrowers with the following information: loan number; original loan amount; unpaid principal; the amount of a delinquent account; due date of next installment; principal and interest amount of next installment; date last payment was received; amount of interest paid in current calendar year; amount of interest paid for prior loan year.

During the first call to the new system, borrowers will enter their tax identification number or Social Security number associated with the loan, and zip code. Borrowers will then create a personal identification number for security, which must be used every time they use the system.

4-H demonstration champions named

The Carroll County 4-H program recently held its annual Demonstration Day, where 4-H members demonstrated projects they learned in their club.

Eighty-seven youths ages 5 to 18 participated.

Champions, who will present their demonstrations at the Maryland State Fair, were:

Junior division: Maura Taylor, Amber Lippy, Nick Parrish and Sarah Brewster, Kevin Lohoefer, Elizabeth Harden, Suzannah Macleod and Stacey Parrish, Keith Lohoefer, Anne Gaffney, Jenna and John Krebs, Daniel Woo, Andrew Nevin, Brittany Hill, Michael Slevin, Kelly Gross, Jennifer Hill, Clare Yeager, Hannah Nusbaum, Shelby Stevens, Allison Boyle, Erin Boyle, Aidan Taylor.

Senior division: Julie Schaefer, Chelsea Wechter, Jacob Ruprecht, Diana Hare, Ashley Martin, Mary Brunst, Deep Run 4-H Club, Kelly Nolte, Ashley Reinhardt, Colleen Slevin.

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