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Coverage Selection for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Begins Nov. 17
Producers have Until March 31, 2015, to Choose the Program Best for their Operation

 
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farm owners and producers that the opportunity to choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), begins Nov. 17, 2014, and continues through March 31, 2015. The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
 
“USDA is committed to keeping farm owners and producers well informed on all steps in this process to ensure that they have all of the information that they need before making their coverage choice,” said Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini. “The new ARC and PLC programs provide a more rational approach to helping farmers manage risk by ensuring families don’t lose the farm because of events beyond their control.” <MORE>

Farm Bill Producer Meeting for ARC/PLC
 
The Bladen County Farm Service Agency recently held a producer meeting pertaining to the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
 
A power point presentation was given by Chris Tatum, County Executive Director of the Bladen County Farm Service Agency.  Approximately 70 producers and Agri-Business professionals were in attendance for Wednesday night’s presentation.  The dinner was sponsored by Bladen County Farm Bureau and the Elizabethtown Branch of Cape Fear Farm Credit.  Other agencies and individuals assisting in the meeting and meal preparation were Bladen County FSA staff, NCDA Witchweed Division for Bladen County, Bladen County Cooperative Extension, and Thomas “Chubby” Starling retired FSA Director for Bladen County. <MORE>

Autumn brings the fall of tree seed Bumper crop aids state's seedling program

   
RALEIGH – This autumn, tons of seed from many different tree species have hit the ground in record amounts. And squirrels weren’t the only ones looking for it.
N.C. Forest Service staff from across the state collected the seed used to grow more than 50 types of tree seedlings for the agency’s nursery program. The NCFS sells these native seedlings to landowners at low cost for a variety of purposes, such as reforestation, wetlands mitigation, aesthetic improvement and wildlife habitat creation.

  
 “While trees make some seed almost every year, a crop of this size only occurs about every four or five years,” said James West, head of the NCFS Nursery and Tree Improvement Program. “Things have to be just right when it comes to rain, temperatures and wind events. If one of those parameters is off, the seed yield is lower.” <MORE>


Tree Fruit & Nut Production in Southeastern NC - Click HERE for additional info
with Dr. Mike Parker
Monday, December 8, 2014
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center
 
This workshop is the first training for the Fruit and Nut Production in Southeastern NC Workshop Series being offered at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center over the 2014/2015 seasons. This training will cover a number of topics on fruit tree and nut tree production, such as, orchard layout, planting, care and cultivation, recommended varieties and pest management. Dr. Mike Parker, Professor and Extension Specialist with North Carolina State University, will be our speaker for the evening.
 
The training will be held at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown, NC, and will be from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. This is a free event, and it is open to anyone (growers and homeowners, alike). Drinks and snacks will be served. Seating will be limited to 75 people. You can register for the event by calling the Bladen County Cooperative Extension office at (910) 862-4591, or by email to Bruce McLean (Horticulture Agent) at bruce_mclean@ncsu.edu. Please register by 5:00pm, December 5, 2014.
 
Additional workshops will be scheduled, so please monitor local news outlets and the Bladen County Cooperative Extension website at http://bladen.ces.ncsu.edu/ for upcoming training dates and announcements.


Pesticide Collection Day is November 18, 2014
 
On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, North Carolina Cooperative Extension and NCDA&CS are co-sponsoring a Pesticide Disposal Collection Day at the Powell Melvin Agricultural Service Center, 450 Smith Circle Drive, Elizabethtown, NC, from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Any pesticides (insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, etc.) that are in original containers and clearly labeled can be brought for collection. There is no charge for this service; however, we cannot accept products with unknown identities, products that are unlabeled, or products not in pesticide containers.
 
If you have any questions please contact Ryan Harrelson at 910- 862-4591.


NC strawberry referendum to be held during Southeast Strawberry Expo in November

  
RALEIGH — North Carolina strawberry growers will hold a referendum to decide whether to increase the current strawberry assessment during the Southeast Strawberry Expo in Pinehurst Nov. 17-19.

   
Started in 1989, the strawberry assessment is used to advance strawberry research and marketing to improve the industry. Dexter Hill, strawberry marketing specialist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, says the funds are vital to research in the region.

  
“Funds collected through this assessment go directly to research and marketing efforts,” Hill said. “The funds also are leveraged with other resources, such as matching grants, to maximize their impact for the strawberry industry in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast.”  <MORE>


USDA Farm Service Agency Announces Key Dates for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs

  
USDA announced key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

  
Dates associated with ARC and PLC that farm owners and producers need to know:
• Sept. 29, 2014 to Feb. 27, 2015: Land owners may visit their local Farm Service Agency office to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres.
• Nov. 17, 2014 to March 31, 2015: Producers make a one-time election of either ARC or PLC for the 2014 through 2018 crop years. <MORE>


Farmland Preservation workshops to be held across the state

RALEIGH – The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund will hold six workshops across the state for those interested in protecting local agricultural lands. The ADFP Trust Fund will be collaborating with the state USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service staff to host these workshops.
The Farmland Preservation workshops target non-profit conservation organizations and county agencies. Farmers, landowners and others interested in the preservation of working lands are also encouraged to attend. The workshops are highly recommended for all past, present or potential future recipients of federal and/or state grants associated with farmland preservation. The workshops are free and open to the public.

  
        Workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:
•       Oct. 28 – Haywood County Center, 589 Raccoon Road, Waynesville;
•       Oct. 29 – Catawba County Center, 1175 S. Brady Ave., Newton;
•       Nov. 5 – Guilford County Center, 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro;
•       Nov. 6 – Richmond County Center, 123 Caroline St., Rockingham;
•       Nov. 12 – Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center, 2900 N.C. Highway 125 South, Williamston;
•       Nov. 13 – Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center, University of Mount Olive, 652 R.B. Butler Drive, Mount Olive;

 
For more information and to register, go to www.ncadfp.org/FarmlandPreservationWorkshops.htm.


Peak-season soil fee period announced for 2014-2015

  
RALEIGH – Growers and home gardeners or landscapers are reminded to send in their soil samples to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agronomic Services Lab by Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. to avoid upcoming peak-season fees.

  
There will be a $4 fee per sample for those received during the lab’s peak-processing time of Nov. 25 through March 31. Samples received before Nov. 25 or after March 31 will be processed without a fee. Most soil samples for home grounds and gardens can be collected April through November when the fee is not in effect.
  
“We implemented the peak-season fee in 2013 to better manage the processing of soil samples and help ensure growers get their information in time to plan for the upcoming season,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We found that many people turned in their samples earlier, spreading the workload over more weeks and lessening a late rush of samples that created backlogs for testing in the lab.” <MORE>


Bladen Conservation District - New Rental Equipment

  

The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District has a new rental tool available. It is a Grassworks - Carpet Wick Applicator. It can be used on many low growing crops such as peanuts, soybeans, cotton, grain sorghum, and pastures, to kill unwanted weeds.

  

The Carpet Wick Applicator is light weight and easy to use. It has a steel rotating drum that is covered with a synthetic carpet material - wetted by a 12-volt pump. The synthetic carpet holds the herbicide until transferred to the undesirable grasses and weeds. The drum turns in the opposite direction that the Weed Wiper is traveling to apply more herbicide directly to the unwanted weed. <MORE>


Cost Share Funds Available
 
     Cost Share assistance is available to landowners and tenants in North Carolina to help fund the cost of installing conservation practices to improve the state’s water quality.
 
     These measures include such things as no-till incentive payments, cover crops, cropland conversions (grass, trees, wildlife), grassed waterways, field borders, animal waste management systems, livestock fencing from critical areas, poultry litter storage facilities, mortality incinerators, water control structures, and many more. <MORE>

Grain Drills Available for Rent!
 
The Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District has two grain drills available for rent to Bladen and surrounding county farmers.
John Deere (1590) –

  

     

This is a 10’ wide no-till drill that is used to plant all small grain crops such as wheat, oats, and rye, as well as plant soybeans and most grass seeds. 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Great Plains (706NT) - This is a 7’ wide no-till drill that will plant all small grain crops. It will also plant grass seeds and native grasses, and can be used with smaller tractors.
        

 

 

The rental fee for either drill is $8.00 per acre, with a minimum charge of $50.00.  To assure availability, call the Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District office at (910) 862-3179, Ext. 3, or visit the office at 122 Powell-Melvin Ag Center, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown.


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