Archive for June, 2009
With the sign-up deadline for the Average Crop Revenue Election, or ACRE, program in mid-August, the National Corn Growers Association is urging growers to learn more about ACRE through NCGA’s on-line “webinar”, on Wednesday, July 1, from 8 to 9 a.m. central.NCGA chairman Ron Litterer tells Brownfield that ACRE has risk management advantages for corn and soybean growers in particular. Right now, he says producers have to be thinking about the volatility of the marketplace and what it means to their operations, “And does the current bill, with fixed payments/loan rates down around $2 give them any support? You know, there’s such a thing that maybe the ACRE program isn’t going to provide any support either, but if that happens you really didn’t need it.”
Under ACRE, producers pay a small part of their fixed payment but by giving that up, Litterer says, they gain considerable risk coverage.
Litterer, who farms in Iowa, signed up his acres in the ACRE program on Monday. The deadline for signup is August 14th.
To register for the free July first ACRE Webinar, go online to: National Corn Growers Association
June 26, 2009 | Education and News | No Comments »
IMPORTANT FSA REMINDER OF DATES
July 15, 2009 – Certification Deadline
The deadline to certify crops and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage without a fee is July 15, 2009. Many FSA programs require crop certification to remain eligible for benefits. Call 765-564-2849 to schedule your appointment. Certifications after July 15 require payment of a fee for a farm visit to verify the existence of the crop or CRP cover. This fee starts at $46 per FSA farm number. Operators or owners with an interest in the crop may certify. For acreage enrolled in CRP, only a signatory to the contract may certify the acreage. In many cases, this is not the operator; therefore, owners (or those authorized to sign on behalf of them) on CRP acreage typically must sign the certification for the CRP.
August 14, 2009 – DCP Enrollment and ACRE Election/Enrollment
Farms with base acreage have an exteded deadline until August 14, 2009 to obtain signatures of persons and entities with an interest in base acreage for enrollment into 2009 Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment (DCP) Program. For those interested in the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program, the election form must be signed by all owners and submitted by August 14, 2009. Additionally, the 2009 enrollment contract for ACRE must have signatures of all with an interest in the base acreage by the extended deadline of August 14, 2009. There are NO late filed provisions for DCP or ACRE, so failure to obtain signatures of shares by the deadline will result in ineligibility for 2009 program year.
June 20, 2009 | News | No Comments »
Nathan Trapp invites CCAA Members to visit his new hog barn on June 23, from 5-7 p.m., located at 1753 N 100 E, Flora.
See you, there!
June 17, 2009 | Events and News | No Comments »
The American Meat Institute published a study which demonstrates the economic impact of the meat industry in Indiana (and the US). You can access the study here:
You can learn more about the study from the American Meat Institute website:
American Meat Institute – Meat Fuels America
June 16, 2009 | Education and News and Resources | No Comments »
It’s not too late for the Purdue University Workshop about the Community Impact of Confined Animal Operations. The workshop will be broadcast at locations around the state between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.
Purdue University initiated an in-depth study of 50 swine and dairy CAFOs in Benton, Cass, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Randolph, Wabash, and Wells counties in 2007-08. In addition to a detailed interview of CAFO owners and operators, tax data were collected from county offices for each operation. Environmental violations were examined. Interviews were conducted with county commissioners, county council members, county highway engineers, and county plan departments to determine the nature of the issues in the county, the level of controversy, and land use policies that were developed to address the issues.
This session will focus on the findings from this study. Specific topics will include:
• Operator characteristics
• Swine and dairy CAFO characteristics
• Conditions around siting of CAFOs
• Animal population growth
• Revenue and expense information from CAFOs
• Labor use and payments
• Fiscal impact on local government and schools
• Comprehensive land use planning and zoning revisions to minimize land use conflicts
• Extent and nature of environmental violations
Details and registration information attached: cafo_061809_flyerv4
June 16, 2009 | Education | No Comments »
Thank you to all CCAA members and friends who generously donated toward the Carroll County Agriculture Association-sponsored Day at the Carroll County 4-H Fair! More than $2500 as been collected and donated to the Fair. If you would like to add your contribution to the Fair sponsorship, please send to the CCAA, PO Box 62, Flora, IN 46929.
June 15, 2009 | News | No Comments »
The Indiana Farm Bureau has provided a nice summary of the ag-related legislation that was approved (or not) in the 2009 Indiana General Assembly. You can review the summary at this link:
June 15, 2009 | Issues and News | No Comments »
Purdue Extension – 77th Annual Indiana Farm Management Tour
Save the Date to travel to La Porte and Starke County for the Annual Indiana Farm Management Tour. June 23 and 24, 2009, you can tour 7 farms in two days. This is a free event, except for meals. Pre register for meals by Friday, June 18. For more information and a map of farm locations, see the flyer. farm-management-tour-info
June 05, 2009 | Education and Events and News | No Comments »