Farm Program Sign Up To Begin This Month

first_imgSince Congress just passed an extension, the programs are the same as they have always been, but Wickard says there is a new twist, “Basically producers will have the opportunity to choose which of the two programs they want to participate in either DCP or ACRE. This flexibility had not been offered in the past. Previous articlePoultry Industry Adjusting to $5 CornNext articleCME Looking at Changing Trading Hours Again Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Feb 1, 2013 Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Program Sign Up To Begin This Month For more information contact your local FSA office. SHARE Farm Program Sign Up To Begin This Month Also included in the Farm Bill extension was extension of the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC). Wickard says there are no changes in this program, “Dairy producers do not need to do anything. The extension just lets the process continue as it has been.” If, however,  producers want to continue in this program for 2013, they will need to re-enroll. This can be done by filling out a new AGI form for 2013 at their local FSA office. Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Julia WickardAt the end of last year, Congress passed a 9 month extension of the 2008 Farm Bill. Beginning this month, producers will have the opportunity to sign up for those programs for the 2013 crop. The federal farm program for 2008 consists of the counter-cyclical payment program (DCP) and the ACRE program. Julia Wickard, with the state FSA office, says sign up will begin this month, “Sign up will begin on February 19, and for DCP will run through August 2nd and for ACRE will run until June 3rd.” Wickard says so far there is no information on sign up dates for the Conservation Reserve Program. Farm Program Sign Up To Begin This Monthlast_img read more

Former Lakers star Dennis Rodman in North Korea to train team

first_imgDefectors have repeatedly testified about the government’s alleged use of indiscriminate killings, rapes, beatings and prison camps holding as many as 120,000 people deemed opponents of Kim, the third generation of his family to rule.Rodman said he planned to return to North Korea in two weeks with a roster of 12 American basketball players, but offered no names.“I hope this game brings a lot of countries together, because as I said, sports it is so important to people around the world,” Rodman said. “So I hope this is going to engage American people, especially (President Barack) Obama, to just to try to talk to them.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PYONGYANG, North Korea — Former NBA Los Angeles Lakers star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Thursday to help train the national team and renew his friendship with the North’s young leader, Kim Jong Un, a visit unaffected by the recent execution of Kim’s uncle in a dramatic political purge.Rodman was met at Pyongyang’s airport by Vice Sports Minister Son Kwang Ho. He made no public comments, but told a mob of reporters earlier at Beijing’s airport that he expected, as on previous visits, to meet with Kim and make final arrangements for a Jan. 8 exhibition game in Pyongyang marking the leader’s birthday.“I know (Kim) is waiting for me to come back. So hopefully we will have some conversation about some things that’s going to help the world,” Rodman said.His visit comes less than a week after North Korea announced the execution of No. 2 official Jang Song Thaek, an unprecedented fall from grace of one of the most powerful figures in the country.center_img Jang’s execution marks North Korea’s most serious political upheaval in decades and has sent North Korea watchers speculating over the stability of the Kim dynasty. However, Rodman’s visit — should it proceed uneventfully — could be a sign that Kim is firmly in charge and unconcerned with any potential challenges to his rule.Asked about the execution, Rodman said that had nothing to do with his visit. He said he wasn’t worried about his personal safety in the North, despite the recent detentions of two Americans there, one of whom, Kenneth Bae, has been held for more than two years.Rodman and Kim have struck up an unlikely friendship since the Hall of Famer traveled to the secretive Communist state for the first time in February with the Harlem Globetrotters for an HBO series produced by New York-based VICE television.He remains the highest-profile American to meet Kim since the leader inherited power from father Kim Jong Il in 2011.Known as much for his piercings, tattoos and bad behavior as he was for basketball, Rodman has mostly avoided politics in his dealings with the North. He’s mainly focused on using basketball as a means of boosting understanding and communication and studiously avoided commenting on the North’s human rights record, regarded as one of the world’s worst by activists, defectors and the U.S. State Department.last_img read more

Will 49ers George Kittle return this week? Cardinals coach ‘sure’ of it

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Of course the Arizona Cardinals are preparing to face George Kittle. After all, the 49ers tight end took a helmet off his left knee and still remained in their Halloween meeting long enough to spark a 28-25 win.Kittle did not finish that game, however, nor did he play in Monday night’s 27-24 overtime defeat to the Seattle Seahawks, so uncertainty is swirling about the severity of his health and a potential comeback as soon as Sunday’s visit by the Cardinals.San Francisco 49ers …last_img read more

Ohio trip to Kansas leaves lasting goodwill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There were many people who worked together to coordinate the baffling logistics of organizing the incredible good will efforts from Ohio to Ashland, Kansas last month, but probably none more than Rose Hartschuh of Crawford County. Along with her husband, Greg, she tackled the massive task as the main contact for the effort, organizing the incredible donations of money and supplies and coordinating the extensive accommodations in Kansas. She also coordinated efforts with the Kansas Farm Bureau, the Kansas Livestock Association and the generosity of the towns of Minneola and Ashland in Kansas.Here is an update Rose provided after the trip:We are still getting tons of calls from people wanting to donate hay or fencing materials, which is awesome! However, at this point, Greg and I are not organizing any more loads. I have been encouraging people to post to the Facebook page if they have materials to donate or if they are willing to truck. The Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/OhioansHelpingKansas. Hopefully people can start to match themselves up.We are also going to organize and support more groups like we just sent. We just scheduled one for May 19 though May 23. After fuel expenses have been reimbursed, we plan to send checks from the funds raised to young and beginning ranchers that Ashland community leaders identified. Hopefully these funds will help them begin to rebuild their operations. We are also going to make a cash donation to the Kansas Livestock Association. Our group left a donation with the church in Minneola and the volunteer fire department in Ashland as well. We will zero-out the donations we collected by cutting a check to the Ashland Community Foundation after the next group travels.I think the best thing that came out of our trip is the awareness here in Ohio. It is awesome to see so many people lining up their own groups because they were inspired by what we did. I hope people realize that anyone can make a difference. You don’t have to have a convoy of 40-plus vehicles. Anyone can pitch in when there’s a need, whether it’s next door or across the country. How you can help Kansas wildfire victims Collect suppliesThe need for hay will continue for nearly a year. No hay donations will be turned down if the hay is transported to Ashland, Kansas. Feed and milk replacer donations are not as important at this point.Perhaps a bigger need than hay is the need for fencing supplies. Specific materials needed include:• Galvanized barbed wire, 14 gauge or heavier, with two- or four-point barbs• Osage orange or creosote treated wooden posts or steel t-posts, at least six foot in length• Preference is for new fencing materials.All hay and fencing supplies should be delivered to Ashland Feed and Seed: 1975 County Road U Ashland, Kansas 67831 at 620-635-2856You do not need to call ahead with supplies unless you are bringing several truckloads. Ashland Feed and Seed will unload supplies during their business hours. VolunteerRecovery efforts will last for years and costs tens of millions of dollars. Volunteer labor can be used to reduce the financial burden on ranchers. Volunteers will be used to tear out damaged fence and eventually replace it with new fence.Free accommodations are available in Ashland at a church camp. Volunteers will need to provide their own bedding items, towels, and toiletry items. Each volunteer should plan to take a pair of durable gloves and fencing pliers.To volunteer, contact Holly Fast at 620-408-6021. Holly can provide up-to-date information about the projects and accommodations. DonateSeveral organizations have wildfire relief funds set up to help ranchers. Here is a list of some:• Ashland, Kansas Community Foundation: Ashlandcf.com• Kansas Livestock Association: Kla.org• Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers: kfb.org.For more from the trip, including the amazing list of sponsors, click here.last_img read more

South Australia Plugs in World’s Largest Battery

first_img What’s Driving the Cost of Residential Solar-Plus-Storage?On-Site Storage Is the Great EqualizerRethinking the Grid The world’s largest lithium ion battery is up and running in South Australia where officials hope it will help reduce power shortages during blistering summer weather that lies ahead.The state government announced last week that the football-field-sized battery has been installed at the Hornsdale Power Reserve, where it will store energy generated at an adjacent wind farm. According to a statement from South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill, the battery is “history in the making” and will ensure that the state has backup power to get it through the summer.Tesla finished installing the 100-megawatt battery only 63 days after signing an agreement with state officials, well under the 100 days CEO Elon Musk promised — a deadline he vowed to meet or do the job for free.It makes great press for Tesla. In South Australia, officials hope that the battery will reduce the number of blackouts and brownouts that typically occur. Although more than 40% of South Australia’s electricity comes from wind, integrating the energy into the grid and managing the intermittent nature of wind-generated power hasn’t been very successful, according to an expert quoted in an article published by The New York Times. RELATED ARTICLES Federal policy favors coalAustralia has plenty of wind and solar capabilities, but the federal government has been promoting fossil fuels over renewable energy, and Australia’s treasurer, Scott Morrison, was disdainful of the Tesla project earlier in the year. “Thirty thousand South Australian households could not get through watching one episode of ‘Australia’s Ninja Warrior’ with the big battery,” he said.The government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promoted fossil fuels to stimulate growth and prevent power shortages in South Australia, The Times said, and suggested the state had been taken in by clever salesmanship with the Tesla project.In an email to the newspaper, energy minister Josh Frydenbert said, “The Tesla battery has been sold to the people of South Australia as an answer to their woes. But in reality it is just a fraction of the storage and backup that South Australia needs.”Not so, said the Australian general manager of Neoen, the French company that owns the nearby wind farm. “There’s no turning back,” said Franck Woitiez. “It’s not tomorrow, it’s now.” South Australians pay the highest electricity prices in the world, the article said, and electricity costs there have gone up 20% between 2012 and 2016. Residents pay between 50% and 100% more for electricity than Americans.The battery has enough capacity to power 30,000 homes for as much as an hour — not a huge number when compared to South Australia’s population, but enough, officials hope, to reduce pressure on the grid during periods of high demand.last_img read more