Sorghum referendum deadline is Monday

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Farm Services News By Claudia Baney

The USDA announced that a referendum on the Sorghum Promotion, Research and Information Order continues through Monday.
For the program to continue, a simple majority of those voting must support the continuation of the program.
The referendum will be conducted at local Farm Service Agency  offices for producers. Ballots may be obtained in person, by mail or facsimile at county FSA offices.
Any eligible person engaged in the production and sale of sorghum or importation of sorghum from July 1, 2008, to Dec. 31, 2010, is eligible to participate. Individuals are required to provide documentation such as a sales receipt or remittance form at the time a ballot is cast that shows they were engaged in the production and sale of sorghum or importation of sorghum.
The Sorghum Checkoff Program is a national, coordinated, self-help marketing program designed to strengthen the position of sorghum in the marketplace, maintain and expand existing domestic and foreign markets and uses for sorghum, and develop new markets and uses for sorghum.

2011 NAP Deadlines
USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program  provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters. NAP insurance insures crops RMA insurance does not cover.
Congress has stipulated in the 2008 Farm Bill that in order to be eligible for disaster programs benefits, producers must insure all crops that have a value of more than 5 percent of the total farm income.
Current and prospective NAP participants are reminded of the upcoming 2011 NAP application deadlines:
March 1, 2011 — Alfalfa, Clover, Grass, Mixed Forage
March 15, 2011 — Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Gourds, Herbs, Lettuce, Oats, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Sorghum, Soybeans, Squash, Strawberries, Sunflowers, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, and Watermelons
2011 County Committee Meeting Schedule
The Owen County Committee has established the following meeting dates for 2011: March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 14, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 14.
For more information on USDA and FSA programs, please contact Ronn Pelfrey, County executive director, at the Owenton Farm Service Center, 205 West Perry St., Owenton; (502) 484-3979.