Learn how to extend growing season with help of Purdue Extension
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - With the fall harvest approaching, Purdue Extension is reaching out to gardeners and operators of small farms who want to extend their growing season.
Jodee Ellett, Purdue Extension’s local foods coordinator, said growing fruits, vegetables and flowers outdoors is possible well into winter with the right expertise and equipment, such as high tunnels - plastic-covered, low-cost structures that are similar to greenhouses.
“High tunnels and other methods enable growers to extend the growing season and even grow year-round in Indiana under plastic sheeting,” Ellett said.
Purdue Extension is offering a series of free webinars and workshops providing essential how-to and background information on topics related to year-round growing.
* Crop Selection and Insect Management in High Tunnels: 10-11 a.m. EST, Nov. 20. The webinar will be led by Liz Maynard, Purdue Extension commercial floral and vegetable crops specialist. No registration is required. To access the webinar, visit https://gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/cropsht/.
A third workshop is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Paramount School of Excellence, 3020 Nowland Ave., in Indianapolis. For more, contact Emily Toner, urban agriculture Extension educator, at 317-275-9269.
For more information on the webinars and other Purdue Extension programs involving small farms and local foods, visit https://ag.purdue.edu/Extension/smallfarms/Pages/events.aspx.
USDA is Making it Easier for Farmers to Sell Directly to Consumers
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FEATURE – Farmers Markets More Popular Than Ever
INTRO: U-S-D-A is making it easier for farmers to sell directly to consumers. The USDA’s Bob Ellison has more. (1:38)
FARMERS MARKETS ARE PLACES FOR FOOD, FUN AND GETTING TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL FARMERS. THAT WAS CERTAINLY THE CASE AT A RECENT U-S-D-A FARMERS MARKET IN WASHINGTON.
Anne Alonzo, Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: So what’s not to like about farmers markets? They bring people together in the community. It’s a meeting place. People can know where their food’s coming from. They can talk to farmers. They can buy beautiful produce.
AND U-S-D-A’S AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE, OR A-M-S, IS MAKING IT EASIER TO PROMOTE AND FIND FARMERS MARKETS.
Anne Alonzo, Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: We have a directory that currently lists eight thousand two hundred and sixty eight farmers markets and that’s a considerable increase since two thousand and eight. Farmers markets continue to grow in popularity and attention.
THE SEARCHABLE DIRECTORY HELPS PEOPLE FIND FARMERS MARKETS NEAR THEM. IT GETS MORE THAN 2 MILLION VISITS EACH YEAR. IN ADDITION, A-M-S IS DEVELOPING THREE NEW DIRECTORIES THAT WILL LIST FARM TO CONSUMER DELIVERY SERVICES—ALSO KNOWN AS COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE, ON-FARM MARKETS AND FOOD HUBS.
Arthur Neal, Deputy Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: We’re targeting these particular agricultural businesses because they’re critical links to strengthening the local and regional food system. We want to connect more consumers and businesses to local and regional agriculturally produced products and farm products. Visit that website…w-w-w dot u-s-d-a local food directories dot com. We want to see your business listed there.
THE DIRECTORIES WILL GO LIVE IN EARLY TWENTY FIFTEEN. THE TWENTY TWELVE CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE SHOWS THAT FIFTY THOUSAND FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE SELLING TO LOCAL RETAILERS, AND ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND ARE SELLING DIRECTLY TO CONSUMERS.
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College Station, TX 77843-2471
43rd Annual South Central Texas Cow Calf Clinic - October 24, 2014 - Washington County Fairgrounds
The 43rd Annual South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic and Trade Show will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Washington County Fairgrounds Sales Facility in Brenham. Registration fee is $20.00 per person, and registration will be from 7:15 am until 8:00 am. All area producers are encouraged to attend to receive information which will help them make sound management decisions in their beef cattle operations.
A great list of speakers has been prepared for you based on the recommendations of the area Beef and Forage Committee members from Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Fayette, Grimes, Harris, Lee, Waller, and Washington Counties. Dr. Jason Cleere and Doug Pierce will start the morning session with a presentation and demonstration on heifer selection and evaluation using a variety of breeds to look at. Dr. Steve Hammack will follow up their demonstration with a reminder about the basics of breed characteristics for the cattle in our area. After the conclusion of the genetics session we will turn the focus to the economics of buying vs raising replacement heifers with Dr. Levi Russell. Moving down the program we will transition to discussion on weed and brush control and fence line management with Jack LeClair and finally wrap up the series with a fencing demonstration by StaTite50, The 50 Year Fence.
Each year the Cow Calf Clinic is supported by numerous sponsors and trade show vendors who will have booths, equipment displays, and representatives on had to visit with participants throughout the day. This year the Cow Calf Clinic is opening up the trade show to cattlemen that would like to bring in bulls or heifers for display. Anyone interested in the trade show can contact the Washington County AgriLife Extension Office for more information.
The Washington County Beef and Forage committee in conjunction with Texas Ag Finance have purchased a commercial heifer during the Washington County Fair Commercial Heifer Sale and will raffle her off as the GRAND DOOR PRIZE at the end of the day. Participants must be registered for the entire day and must be present to win!
After the meeting is adjourned trade show sponsors, participants, and speakers are invited to stick around for the social hour sponsored by Mike Hopkins Distributing and enjoy some Beer-Battered-Beef-Tips!
Cow-calf clinic participants who hold a private, commercial, or non-commercial pesticide applicators license will receive one hour of continuing education in the integrated pest management category and one hour in general. Beef cattle producers certified under the Texas Beef Quality Producer Program will receive beef quality credits for attending the clinic.
For additional information and to register for the South Central Texas Cow Calf Clinic, contact the Washington County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at (979) 277-6212.
LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS URGED TO ENROLL IN DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BEFORE OCT. 1
Producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses are encouraged to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.
The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires USDA to implement reductions of 7.3 percent to the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) in the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2014. However, producers seeking LFP support who have scheduled appointments with their local FSA office before Oct. 1, even if the appointment occurs after Oct.1, will not see reductions in the amount of disaster relief they receive.
USDA is encouraging producers to register, request an appointment or begin a Livestock Forage Disaster Program application with their county FSA office before Oct. 1, 2014, to lock in the current zero percent sequestration rate. As an additional aid to qualified producers applying for LFP, the Farm Service's Agency has developed an online registration that enables farmers and ranchers to put their names on an electronic list before the deadline to avoid reductions in their disaster assistance. This is an alternative to visiting or contacting the county office. To place a name on the Livestock Forage Disaster Program list online, visithttp://www.fsa.usda.gov/disaster-register.
Producers who already contacted the county office and have an appointment scheduled need do nothing more.
The Livestock Indemnity Program, the Tree Assistance Program and the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program Frost Freeze payments will also be cut by 7.3 percent on Oct. 1, 2014. Unlike the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, applications for these programs must be fully completed by Sept. 30. FSA offices will prioritize these applications, but as the full application process can take several days or more to complete, producers are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible.
The Livestock Forage Disaster Program compensates eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire between Oct. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2014. Eligible livestock includes alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep or swine that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland. Producers forced to liquidate their livestock may also be eligible for program benefits.
Additionally, the 2014 Farm Bill eliminated the risk management purchase requirement. Livestock producers are no longer required to purchase coverage under the federal crop insurance program or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program to be eligible for Livestock Forage Disaster Program assistance.
To learn more about USDA disaster relief program, producers can review the 2014 Farm Bill fact sheet at www.fsa.usda.gov/farmbill, the LFP program fact sheet, http://go.usa.gov/5JTk, or contact their local FSA office.
COTTON TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ENROLLMENT IS UNDERWAY
Farmers can enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) through Oct. 7, 2014. The enrollment period opened on Aug. 11, 2014.
The program, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides interim payments to cotton producers during the 2014 crop year until the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX), a new insurance product also created by the legislation, is available. Details on the plan will be released by early fall.
CTAP applications approved before Oct. 1, are subject to congressionally mandated automatic reductions of 7.2 percent for the 2014 crop year. Applications approved after Oct. 1 will be reduced the required 7.3 percent for the 2015 crop year. The Budget Control Act of 2011 requires USDA to implement these reductions to program payments.
For more information about CTAP, visit a local FSA office or go online to www.fsa.usda.gov.
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