Agriculture Notes


May 21, 2006

USDA program deadline is June1

Susan Hardinger, acting executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Carroll County, reminds agricultural producers that they have until June 1 to sign up for the 2006 crop direct and counter-cyclical payment program.

The USDA will accept late-filed program applications through Sept. 30 if accompanied by a $100 late fee. Producers will be unable to apply for 2006 program payments after Sept. 30.

The 2002 Farm Bill requires that producers sign annual contracts through next year to participate in the program. Producers may choose not to participate in the program in any year.

Producers may sign up online at, if they have an active USDA eAuthentication Level 2 account. This requires filling out an online registration form at and visiting the local FSA office for identity verification.

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

Record organizing workshop is June 1

The Carroll County Extension Office will hold a "Record Organization Made Easy" workshop June 1 at the Carroll County Agriculture Center office on Smith Avenue in Westminster.

The workshop will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and repeated from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration is required.

Participants will learn how to organize and store their records such as Social Security card, medical information, credit cards and other financial information and personal identification. A recordkeeping fact sheet and labels for organizing information will be given out.

Information: 410-386-2760.

Deep Run 4-H Club honors members

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

Senior Portfolios, Kimberly Rawlings, Esther Schott, Caitlin Moore, Kirsten Dahlberg; Outstanding First Year Members, John Krebs, Matthew Warren; Rookie of the Year, Emily Condon; Juniors -- Up & Coming, Danielle Leister, Hannah Wolf; Unsung 4-H'er, Kirsten Dahlberg; Maryland 4-H Spirit Award, Abigail Hester; All-Star Leadership Award, Jamie Lippy and Katie Rae Warner; "I'll Be Glad To" 4-H Award, Kimberly Rawlings.

Service Scholarships, Amanda Rasch, Katie Tracey and Olivia Wolf; Service 4-H'er Award, Caitlin Moore; 4-H Citizenship Award, Esther Schott; 2005 Outstanding Club Award, Jeanne Lippy and Kate Warner (Banner Award); Outstanding 4-H Club, 2005 Club Work, Deep Run 4-H Club.

Outstanding Juniors Runners Up, Breanne Lippy and Shelby Beatty; 2005 Junior Ambassador Recognition, Shelby Beatty, Breanne Lippy and Olivia Wolf; 2006 Junior Ambassador Team, Breanne Lippy and Hannah Wolf; 2005 Ambassador Team Recognition, Abigail Hester, Caitlin Moore and Katie Rae Warner; 2005 Ambassador Farewell, Abigail Hester.

2006 Ambassador Team, Kirsten Dahlberg and Kim Rawlings; 2006 4-H Achievement/Volunteer Recognition Program Planning Committee, Shelby Beatty, Corey Driever, Abigail Hester, Breanne Lippy, Caitlin Moore, Amanda Rasch and Olivia Wolf.

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