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  • Local agriculture news: Week of July 28

  • Administrator Garcia Reminds Producers of Nearing Deadline to Submit Nominations for Farm Service Agency County Committees   WASHINGTON – Juan M. Garcia, Administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers...
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  • Administrator Garcia Reminds Producers of Nearing Deadline to Submit Nominations for Farm Service Agency County Committees
     
    WASHINGTON – Juan M. Garcia, Administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 1, 2013, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
    "The last day to file your nomination form is about a week away," Garcia said. "Please get involved this year and nominate the candidate of your choice or nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”
    FSA county committees help local farmers through their decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs and disaster programs, and by working closely with county executive directors.
    To be eligible to hold office as a county committee member, individuals must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and live in the local administrative area where they are running. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
    All nominees must sign the nomination form FSA-669A. All nomination forms for the 2013 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2013. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 4 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 2. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2014.
    K-State’s 2013 Beef Conference on Strategic Cow Herd Management is August 6
    Kansas State University’s 2013 Beef Conference –Strategic Cow Herd Management: Surviving and Rebuilding after Persistent Drought, will be held Aug. 6 starting at 8:30 a.m. in Frick Auditorium of K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Manhattan. The Southwind and Wildcat Extension Districts will sponsor a remote broadcast at the Frontier Farm Credit Building in Parsons, Kansas for producers in southeast Kansas and the surrounding areas.
    Dave Lalman, extension beef cattle specialist with Oklahoma State University will give the keynote address on “Addressing Cow Herd Efficiency in a World of Mixed Message for Producers: Matching Production Levels to Environmental Conditions.”
    Other topics will include techniques to enhance the value of low quality roughage, confinement feeding of cows, management and feeding of early weaned calves, pasture, rangeland, forage and livestock risk protection, and income tax implications following livestock liquidation. Other topics include control of trichomoniasis in beef herds, impending regulations of livestock antibiotics, and capturing strategic opportunities when culling/rebuilding the cow herd.  
    The fee to attend is $30; registration includes conference material, lunch and break refreshments with the early registration deadline of August 2. Registration for the Parsons location can be made to the Southwind Extension District at 620-223-3720 or to the Wildcat Extension District at 620-784-5337. More information is also available at www.southwind.ksu.edu or www.wildcatdistrict.ksu.edu.
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