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The Honey bee threat mirrors our own

Around the world, honey bee colonies are dying in huge numbers: About one-third of hives collapse each year, a pattern going back a decade. The 2013-14 winter data results has proven higher losses around the globe for bees and the plants they pollinate; as well as for beekeepers, farmers, honey lovers and everyone else who appreciates this marvelous social insect; this is a catastrophe!But in the midst of crisis comes learning. The honey bee collapse has much to teach us about how ...

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COC Nomination deadline nears

The election of agricultural producers to Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees is important to farmers. It is crucial that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Weekly Market Report

Producers Livestock Bucyrus (419) 562-2751 (date)Total Headage: 1033Total Hogs 299Total Cattle 617Total Sheep/Lambs 64Goats 53Monday Grain Prices:Cash Corn ___ bu / Cash Beans ___ bu / New Crop Wheat ___ bu—————...

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Farm Service Agency answers loan, loss questions

Do I need to follow FSA conservation compliance rules if I have a loan with another bank but FSA guaranteed my loan?Recently, our office received this inquiry and I wanted to share this question and answer with everyone. Simply put, yes if a borrower has a guaranteed loan by FSA then the borrower will have to follow FSA conservation compliance rules, i.e. Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions and this is why.The U.S. Department of Agri...

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Honey bee deaths a global problem

Massive honey bee deaths are a real problem in the US. But around the world, reported deaths from a myriad of sources are saturating the news. A tangible problem for humans as bees pollinates 80% of the delicious food consumed. Without pollination from honey bees our diet would be very bland. Just think about that fact for a moment. There would be a drastic decline in fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and seasonings. There would be no beef, hogs or chickens as honey bees pollinate the grains ...

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Save Time – Make an Appointment with FSA

As we roll out the Farm Bill programs administered by FSA, there will be related signups and in some cases multiple management decisions that need to be made by you, the producer, in consult with FSA staff. To insure maximum use of your time and to insure that you are afforded our full attention to your important business needs, please call our office ahead of your visit to set an appointment and to discuss any records or documentation that you may need to have with you when you arrive for yo...

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Seedless Fruit

If you go to a grocery store today to buy grapes, there is a good chance that the only type you can buy is seedless. Nearly all grapevines in production today produce seedless grapes. Seedless grapes actually do contain seeds at some point, but a genetic error prevents the seeds from forming the hard outer shell. But how they reproduce year after year is a complex subject.Humans have been cultivating seedless bananas for years. Many varieties have already become extinct because of ...

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USDA Announces programs to conserve sensitive land and help beginning farmers

Farmers and landowners committed to protecting and conserving environmentally sensitive land may sign up for the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) which began June 9. The Secretary also announced that retiring farmers enrolled in CRP could receive incentives to transfer a portion of their land to beginning, disadvantaged or veteran farmers through the Transition Incentives Program (TIP).CCRP provides incentives to producers who utilize conservation methods on environme...

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When weather prevents or damages crops

When bad weather prevents planting or damages crops, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) would like to remind producers to report the acreage to the FSA office within 15 days of the final planting date of the crop.This applies to all crops, whether covered by crop insurance, not covered by insurance, or covered by FSA’s Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP).Final planting dates vary among counties and crop types. Producers who have their crops insured through a private crop insuranc...

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