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Ag report: April 4, 2014

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USDA Sets Date for Soybean Request for Referendum

The U.S. Department of Agriculture offer soybean producers the opportunity to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order, as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act.

The Act requires the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a Request for Referendum every 5 years after the initial referendum, which was conducted in 1994. The last Request for Referendum was conducted in 2009. Soybean producers who are interested in having a referendum to determine whether to continue the Soybean Checkoff Program are invited to participate.

The Request for Referendum will be conducted at USDA's county Farm Service Agency offices. To be eligible to participate, producers must certify and provide documentation that shows that they produced soybeans and paid an assessment on the soybeans during the period of Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2013.

Beginning May 5 and continuing through May 30, producers may obtain a form by mail, fax or in person from the FSA county offices. Forms may also be obtained via the Internet at www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/SoybeaninformationontheSoybeanRequestforReferendum during the same time period.

Individual producers and other producer entities may request a referendum at the county FSA office where their administrative farm records are maintained. For the producer not participating in FSA programs, the opportunity to request a referendum will be provided at the county FSA office where the producer owns or rents land. Completed forms and supporting documentation must be returned to the appropriate county FSA office by fax or in person no later than close of business May 30; or if returned by mail, must be postmarked by midnight May 30 and received in the county FSA office by close of business on June 5, 2014.

USDA will conduct a referendum if at least 10 percent of the nation’s 569,998 soybean producers support a referendum. Not more than one-fifth of the producers who support having a referendum can be from any one State.

Additional information can be found on the Agricultural Marketing Service website, www.ams.usda.gov.

 

Educational deadline near

The deadline is fast approaching for local school districts to compete for a grant of up to $25,000, through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Farmers can support their community and strengthen the school district’s application by nominating their local school districts.

Nominations will be accepted until April 6, and school applications must be completed by April 21.

Now in its third year, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is investing over $2.3 million to strengthen math and science education in rural school districts. To view a list of all the winning school districts from previous years and for more information visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com.

 

Datebook

The Shelby County Extension Office will offer a series of Green Thumb Gardening once a month at 1117 Frankfort Road. herbs, April 17; growing cucumbers, cantaloupes, squash, etc., May 15; botanical garden shrub and tree tour, June 19; saving heirloom seeds, July 24; establishing an emerald green lawn, Aug. 21; propagating plants through cuttings, Sept. 18; and putting the garden to bed/spring bulbs, Oct. 16. The cost for the series of classes is $15. Classes will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. except for the fruit tree pruning class, which will be from 9 to 11 a.m. For one class, the cost is $5. Reserve a space by calling 633-4593.

The Shelby County Extension Office will be part of a series of equine seminars to assist horse owners with management of their animals and facilities. The two remaining sessions are at 6-8:30 p.m. and cost $10 each, including dinner. They are on fly control (April 17 in Taylorsville) and grazing management and laminitis (May 1 in Bedford). For more information or to reserve your seating, call 502-222-9453 or send an E-mail to traci-missun@uky.edu.

The Farmland, Food and Livable Community Conference is scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the Hilton Lexington Downtown. Participants will tour area farms, have mobile workshops and dine at a farmer-chef connection banquet. For more information on the conference, visit: www.farmland.org.

Classes on food gardening will again be offered this year at the Shelby County Extension office, 1117 Frankfort Road. You’ll learn to grow everything from potatoes to strawberries, cantaloupes to cucumbers. Classes start from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and run once a week through April 23. Classes are free but space is limited. For more information or to sign up, call 633-4593.

 

The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications and the Kentucky Press News Service.