Agriculture Notes

AGRICULTURE NOTES

April 30, 2006

Educator candidates to present ideas

The Carroll County Extension Office will hold presentations by candidates for the open 4-H educator position at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at 700 Agriculture Center, Westminster.

Time will be given for questions from the audience.

This part of the overall interview process is open to the public and anyone with an interest in Carroll County 4-H.

Anyone planning to attend should contact the Extension Office by tomorrow at 410-386-2760.

Benefit auction scheduled for May 7

The Carroll County 4-H Program and FUNraising Team will sponsor "Lend 4-H A Helping Hand," a benefit auction to support Carroll County 4-H programs, at 2 p.m. May 7 at the Gamber & Community Fire Company social hall on Route 32.

Program volunteers and clubs have gathered a variety of auction items, including a one-night stay with Jacuzzi for two at a local inn, two sets of four tickets to a Maryland Terps basketball game, family passes at local high schools for the 2006-2007 sports season, handmade/hand-painted decor for the home, gift certificates and coupons for goods and services from local businesses, gift baskets, flowers and collectibles.

A live and silent auction will be held.

Information: 410-386-2760 or 888-326-9645.

Payments begin for MILC Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that payments under the extended Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC) have begun.

The program's final rule is published in the Federal Register.

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 extended the program through Sept. 30, 2007, according to a set formula.

USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation makes payments on an operation-by-operation basis up to a maximum of 2.4 million pounds of milk produced and marketed per fiscal year.

Producers may sign up for fiscal years 2006-2007 MILC until May 17 or during an extended period from May 18 through Sept. 30, 2007.

Eligible dairy producers are those who commercially produce milk in the United States.

Information: 410-848-2780, ext. 118.

Annual banquet honors 4-H members

Members of the Deep Run 4-H Club recently were honored at the annual achievement awards banquet.

County Project medal winners were: Citizenship: Breanne Lippy, Caitlin Moore, Esther Schott; Clothing Textiles/Sewing: Alexandria Castro, Breanne Lippy, Esther Schott; Crafts: Jenna Krebs, Breanne Lippy, Amanda Rasch, Esther Schott; Fashion Revue: Breanne Lippy; Foods: Jenna Krebs, John Krebs, Breanne Lippy, Esther Schott, Bailey Stickles; Garden: Jenna Krebs, John Krebs, Amanda Rasch; Health: Breanne Lippy, Esther Schott; Healthy Lifestyles: Shelby Beatty; Hobbies: John Krebs; Horse & Pony: Amanda Rasch.

Also, Junior Leadership: Caitlin Moore; Leadership: Shelby Beatty, Breanne Lippy, Amanda Rasch; Performing Arts: Breanne Lippy, Caitlin Moore, Amanda Rasch; Plants & Flowers: Jenna Krebs, Esther Schott; Poultry: Esther Schott; Public Speaking: Breanne Lippy, Esther Schott; Self-Determined: Esther Schott; Sheep-Breeding: Breanne Lippy; Sheep-Market: Breanne Lippy, Stacey Parrish; Small Pets: Jenna Krebs, Breanne Lippy; Swine-Market: Abigail Hester; Woodworking: Hannah Wolf.

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