Leah C. Dorman, DVM, director of food programs, Center for Food and Animal Issues at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, will present “We’re not in Kansas Any More: Animal Rights versus Animal Welfare” Oct. 21 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the monthly Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum.
The program begins at 8 a.m. with informal networking prior, hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, north of Bowling Green.
The breakfast forum is an educational networking opportunity designed to provide information on current issues, trends and programs available to the agricultural community and those who support its advancement. Farmers, agribusiness owners and supporters of Ohio’s agricultural economy are invited to attend the events, held the third Thursday every month.
The cost is $10 per person (cash or check at the door), which includes breakfast and informal networking opportunities.
The Agricultural Incubator Foundation is located at 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582) in Bowling Green. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by contacting Paula Ray at 419-823-3099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payments going electronic
The Farm Service Agency has announced plans to begin a paper check conversion method for accepting producer payments during the 2011 calendar year.
The conversion method would offer an electronic method of processing producers’ checks. When producers present checks to the FSA, either in person or through the mail, the checks will be converted into an Electronic Funds Transfer. The funds will be debited from the producer’s account, usually within 24 hours of receipt, so it is important that the producer ensures sufficient funds are in the account.
The new method will allow the FSA to process payment collections in a timelier manner, said W. Todd Warner, executive director of the Sandusky County FSA.
FSA offices receive payments from producers and landowners for a variety of program-related matters including repayment of loans, payment of measurement service fees and refund of program benefits not earned.
If producers send a check to the FSA, the check will be scanned at the local office and voided. The customer will not receive the check back from the FSA. After 14 days, when the check has been properly processed, the check will be shredded.
Call 419-334-6330, ext. 2 for more information.