End Rows for Nov. 19, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Waiver of late-filing fees

For those who missed the Nov. 15 deadline for reporting hay and pasture acreages, late-filing fees have been waived until Jan. 15, 2014. The normal reporting deadline for hay and pasture acreages was Nov. 15, 2013 for the 2014 program and crop year.

You can report your hay and pasture between now and Jan. 15 and not pay the late filing fee of $46 per farm. This waiver also covers fall-seeded wheat and other small grains which has a reporting deadline of Dec. 15.

Any hay, pasture, wheat and other small grains reported after Jan. 15 will be subject to a late-filing fee of $46 per farm.

If you decide not to pay a late-filing fee you will not receive credit for the late-filed acreages, the farm's acreage report will be incomplete, program payments cannot be issued on a farm with incomplete acreage reports.

For your convenience, you may call for an appointment to report your acres.

Walk-ins are always welcome, but you may have a short wait until someone becomes available to help you.

Temporary move

A reminder, the Saline County USDA Service Center has been temporarily relocated to the MoDOT building on the east end of the parking lot. It will be at this location while the main office building is being remodeled. The mailing address and phone numbers are still the same.

County committee elections

The county committee election ballots that were mailed out in November had a misprint. All of the ballots were incorrectly printed with the voters name and address on the back of the actual ballot.

Since county committee elections must use a secret ballot, these ballots cannot be used. You are asked to destroy the ballot you received this month.

If you have already voted, your ballot will be destroyed unopened.

Eligible voters will receive a new ballot by mid-December with a corrected election date. Please watch your mail for the new ballot and vote for the County Committee candidate of your choice.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we want to encourage everyone to use their new ballot to vote next month.

This could create some confusion for those who already mailed the first ballot they received.

Just make certain that when you receive the new ballot next month you complete and return it, even if you already voted by returning the first ballot you received.

It's important that all eligible voters participate in the county committee election process, and we want to make certain this misprint doesn't cause someone to miss out on the opportunity to vote.

This year's election is for those who live in the townships of Blackwater, Elmwood, Liberty and Salt Pond. The candidates are Donald Boland, Chris Livengood, and William Paxton.