Grocery expert to speak
The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) will host a seminar for food entrepreneurs and food-related business owners Oct. 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK), 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582), Bowling Green.
Jim Sautter, president of Sautter’s Markets, will discuss such areas as what grocery stores look for when exploring new food products, the right and wrong ways to approach stores and how to make the first meeting a success. The Sautter family has a long-standing tradition in the grocery industry, having served several northwest Ohio communities since 1927.
The cost is $25 per person or $40 for two guests, payable at the door by cash or check made to Agricultural Incubator Foundation, or AIF. Admission includes networking opportunities and light refreshments.
Advanced registration is required and may be made by calling Paula Ray at 419-535-6000, ext. 117 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knipp serving OFBF
Daryl Knipp, of Lindsey, is serving on the 2012 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) policy development committee. The 22 members of the committee are charged with collecting, organizing and finalizing public policy recommendations submitted by county farm bureaus.
During its first meeting, the committee heard presentations on state government plans for managing nutrients to protect water quality, options for tax policy related to oil and gas resources and proposed national animal welfare legislation.
USDA to issue payments
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will issue 2012 payments in early October for the Direct and Counter Cyclical Program, Average Crop Revenue Election Program and the Conservation Reserve Program.
Producers will receive a transaction statement from the FSA Kansas City Office detailing payments issued for the programs.
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments are expected to be issued on or about Oct. 2. The program provides annual payments to landowners that voluntarily convert cropland to a conservation use such as a filter strip, grass seeding, tree planting or wildlife habitat. CRP participants should check their bank accounts to verify receipt of their payments.
Most crop producers in Sandusky County participate in the Direct and Counter Cyclical Program or Average Crop Revenue Election Program. These programs provide direct payments to producers using the crop base acres and yields on the farm. The payment rates for 2012 are 52 cents per bushel for wheat, 44 cents for soybeans and 28 cents for corn. These rates are reduced by 20 percent for producers enrolled in the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program. In past years, producers received an “advance direct payment.” For 2012. No advance payments were authorized so the total payment is scheduled to be issued the week of Oct. 9. Producers participating should check their accounts that week to verify their payments were received.
For information, contact the Sandusky County Farm Service Agency at 419-334-6330, ext. 2 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/.