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Farming

  • FSA announces CRP continuous signup

    On May 13, 2013, the USDA-Farm Service Agency began accepting new offers and approving new contracts under CRP’s Continuous, CREP, FWP, and SAFE signups.
    The following practices are available under continuous signup:
    CP-8A Grass Waterways Non-easement; CP-9 Shallow Water Areas for Wildlife; CP-21 Filter Strips, CP-22 Riparian Buffers, CP-29 Marginal Pastureland and Wildlife Habitat Buffer, CP-23 Wetland Restoration; CP-33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds; and CP-38 State Acres for Wildlife, and CP-42 Pollinator Habitat.

  • USDA farm payments scheduled to resume

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator announces that farm payments, which had been temporarily suspended due to sequestration, are scheduled to resume today, May 8. This includes payments for the 2011 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE), the Noninsured Crop Assistance Program (NAP) and the Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC).

  • Prevented planting deadlines announced

    With spring planting underway, the Farm Service Agency is reminding producers to timely report any prevented or failed acreage to their local office.

  • Young Farmers
  • Opening day for Harrison Co. Farmer’s Market

    Spring has sprung at the Harrison County Farmers Market and we will begin the new season on Saturday, May 4 at 9 a.m. This year we have been blessed with some new farmers and hobbyists joining the membership and we all hope to bring the community of Harrison County new and exciting produce, flowers, garden plants along with many handmade products for your shopping pleasure.

  • Don’t rush the summer vegetable garden

    I am heading to Boulder, Colo., for a Slow Money National Gathering Conference and at writing they are melting a record April snow fall; a warming trend occurs before my arrival, thank goodness.
    Our cold spring met with a blizzard in my destination that is the one opportunity I have to get away for some continuing education this year does not sit well.  
    While there is much to be done in the spring garden and our surrounding landscape, the cool season has helped to slow the sometimes frenetic pace.  

  • Farmers Market meeting tonight

    A certification meeting for the Farmers Market will be held Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Harrison County Extension Office and will certify WIC, Seniors and GAP requirements for 2013.
    For those planning to participate in the 2013 Farmers Market make every effort to attend. Call 234-5510 if you have any questions.

  • Transition houseplants outdoors

    Our current warm sunny weather-it’s about time-has made everyone just delighted and the intoxication of it all may lead us to act impulsively.  
    I am as anxious as anyone to move some of my houseplants outdoors: my gardenia looks terrible in the dining room and the jasmine down stairs seems to stare into space dreaming of better days.
    Those days are coming, just be slow about the transition from indoors to out.  

  • Earth Day 2013: The face of climate change

    State Farm Service Agency (FSA) John W. McCauley announces his support for Earth Day. Climate change can seem like a remote problem, but in fact it impacts real people, animals, and their environments. These Faces of Climate Change are multiplying every day. Fortunately, we can do something about it.

  • Farmers visit Rep. McKee