End Rows for March 4, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Women in Agriculture Conference sold out

The eleventh annual Women in Agriculture Conference has sold out. For those who still want to go but haven't registered, call 660-886-7447, ext 3. Your name will be put on a waiting list in case there is a cancellation.

For those of you who have registered but cannot go, please call and let us know as soon as possible so your seat can be given to the next person on the waiting list.

The conference is at the Martin Community Center at 1985 S Odell Street in Marshall on March 14, with check in at 8 a.m. There will be a light breakfast with coffee and juice.

Plan for a great conference and have a foot-stomping good time.

Non-insured crop disaster assistance program (NAP) closing dates:

March 15 is the final closing date for many NAP crops including hay and pasture. NAP provides assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster.

Eligible crops must be commercially produced agricultural commodity crops for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance is not available and can be any of the following:

-- Crops grown for food,

-- Crops planted and grown for livestock consumption, including, but not limited to grain and forage crops, including native forage,

-- Crops grown for fiber, such as cotton and flax (except for trees),

-- Crops grown in a controlled environment, such as mushrooms and floriculture,

-- Specialty crops, such as honey and maple sap,

-- Value loss crops, such as aquaculture, Christmas trees, ginseng, ornamental nursery and turfgrass sod,

-- Sea oats and sea grass,

-- Seed crops where the propagation stock is produced for sale as seed stock for other eligible NAP crop production.

Producers must contact a crop insurance agent for questions regarding insurability of a crop in their county. For further information on whether a crop is eligible for NAP coverage, producers must contact the FSA county office where their farm records are maintained.

Eligible producers must apply for coverage of non-insurable crops using Form CCC-471, "Application for Coverage," and pay the applicable service fee at the FSA office where their farm records are maintained.

The service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties.

For questions on NAP, contact your local FSA office or go to www.fsa.usda.gov and click on Disaster Assistance Programs.

Final loan availability for 2013 wheat and small grains

The final date to apply for a marketing assistance loan for 2013 crop wheat or other fall-seeded small grains is March 31. Contact your county FSA office if you're interested in a commodity loan.