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It's almost time for outreach meeting

By Diana Strouse • Sep 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM

The Huron/Erie Annual Outreach Meeting will be held in Huron County at the Norwalk Service Center located at 8 Fair Road from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 14.

A second presentation of the 2017 update will be held at the Sandusky Service Center located at 2900 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, in Room 118 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 14 as well. If you own or operate a farm, have forestland on your farm, or are just getting started in farming you need to attend this meeting. Topics to be covered will be NRCS Programs, FSA Programs, and the FSA Loan Programs.

Other topics that will be covered are SWCD Assistance that is available, input from OSU Extension, and a CAUV update. John Jolliff, ODNR Service Forester will be the guest speaker at these meetings providing information on forestland management. We will cover information on cover crops, manure storage, high tunnel systems and much more. This is your opportunity to ask any questions you have on any of our programs. We hope you will join us for this informational meeting at the presentation of your choice. Light refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions or have a particular topic you would like us to address at the meeting, please feel free to contact our office.

In other news....

NAP 2018 crop deadlines approaching: The Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers who are interested in the 2018 Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), of the need to apply for coverage by the following crop deadline dates.

* Oct. 1 is the deadline for 2018 NAP coverage on winter wheat, rye, barley and speltz.

* Nov. 20 is the deadline for 2018 NAP coverage on apples, asparagus, blueberries, caneberries, cherries, chestnuts, forage for hay and pasture, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, honey, maple sap and hops. NOTE: Hops is a perennial crop and the application deadline moved from spring to fall for coverage.

* March 15, 2018 is the deadline for 2018 NAP coverage on forage sorghum, oats, potatoes, soybeans, sunflowers and all spring planted specialty crops grown for food.

The 2014 Farm Bill provides greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops.

Previously, the program offered coverage at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production. Producers can now choose higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price. The expanded protection is especially helpful to beginning and socially disadvantaged producers, as well as farmers with limited resources, who will receive fee waivers and premium reductions for expanded coverage.

Eligible producers can apply for 2018 NAP coverage at their local FSA Office using form CCC-471, Application for Coverage. The service fee for basic NAP coverage 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 interest in multiple counties. Producers interested in buy-up coverage must pay a premium, in addition to the service fee. The maximum premium will be $6,564. Producer meeting the definition of a socially disadvantaged farmer, beginning farmer or limited resource farmer will have service fees waived.

Producers meeting this definition that choose to purchase buy-up coverage will also have service fees waived and the premium will be capped at $3,282. To help producers learn more about the NAP program and how it can help them, USDA, offers an online Web tool at www.fsa.usda.gov/nap. The webtool allows producers to determine whether their crops are eligible for coverage and gives producers an opportunity to explore a variety of options and levels to determine the best protection level for their operation. For more information contact your FSA Office.

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Unauthorized distribution of grain: If loan grain has been disposed of through feeding, selling or any other form of disposal without prior written authorization from the county office staff, it is considered unauthorized disposition. The financial penalties for unauthorized dispositions are severe and a producer’s name will be placed on a loan violation list for a two-year period. Always call the county office before you haul any grain under loan.


Diana Strouse is the county executive director for the Huron and Erie County Farm Service Agency. For more information, call the agency at 419-668-4113.

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