Farm News: Updated 11-16

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FSA ballots mailed
The deadline for eligible voters to return ballots to their local FSA offices is Dec. 5. The FSA county committee allows producers to make decisions concerning the local administration of federal farm programs. Eligible voters who do not receive a ballot can obtain ballots at their local USDA Service Center or call 765-2702.

Beef Producers meet
The LaRue County Beef Cattle Association will meet 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the LaRue County Extension Office. A meal will be served and all interested producers are invited. For more information, contact the LaRue County Extension Office, 358-3401.
TRAINING: Beef Quality Assurance
The LaRue County Extension Office will conduct beef quality assurance training for beef producers 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the LaRue County Extension Office.  BQA certification is a good idea for all beef producers, but is required for certain beef grant programs and for those selling feeder cattle in CPH sales. The training will last about one hour. A $5 fee will be charged. Contact the Extension Office at 358-3401 for more information.

Wildlife Habitat applications accepted
The Elizabethtown Farm Service Agency is accepting applications for Kentucky’s final 593 acres under Conservation Reserve Program practices titled “State Acres for Wildlife Habitat.” Producers who own or operate acreage located within one of the approved SAFE areas can submit offers to voluntarily enroll acres in CRP contracts for 10 to 15 years.
Offers will be accepted by FSA until the acreage allocation is reached. For more information, call the FSA office at 765-2702.

Enrollment date change
The enrollment date for DCP and ACRE programs has charged and will begin Jan. 23, 2012. In the past, enrollment began Oct. 1 for both contracts.

Dead animal pickup
For dead animal pickup, call Bluegrass Recycling at 1-888-744-1186. The cost is $87.50 and the LaRue County Conservation District will reimburse the landowner 75 percent of the cost with receipt. For more information, call the Conservation District office at 358-3132.