Acreage reports due
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is reminding growers that acreage reports are required for all cropland on a farm as a condition of receiving Direct and Counter Cyclical Program payments, Average Crop Revenue Election payments, Loan Deficiency Payments, Market Assistance Loans, Conservation Reserve Program payments and other programs and payments administered by the Farm Service Agency.
To be eligible for program benefits, crop producers must report their acreage of planted crops to the Sandusky County Farm Service Agency by June 30 for wheat, oats and barley. For corn, soybeans and most other crops, producers have until July 15 to report planted acres. Conservation Reserve Program acreage must be reported by Aug. 15.
When producers have completed their spring crop planting, they should call the Farm Service Agency at 419-334-6330, ext. 2 to schedule an appointment to certify planted crop acreage.
For information concerning acreage reporting requirements or other Farm Service Agency programs, call the Sandusky County Farm Service Agency at 419-334-6330, ext. 2; the Wood County agency at 419-352-5171 or in Lucas/Ottawa County, call 419-898-2651. More details are also available at www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/.
Members of the Woodmore FFA are planning a Cow Patty Bingo fundraiser at this year’s Portage River Festival, which will be held June 24 in Elmore.
According to Adam Downs, Woodmore vo-ag teacher and advisor for the FFA, a 300-square grid will be marked out in a fenced in area near the Elmore Depot. A cow will be turned loose in that area and left to roam. When the cow decides to “leave her mark,” whoever has purchased the lucky square will receive one-half of the total proceeds from the sale of the squares.
Numbered squares will be $5. Money earned from the sale of the squares will go toward FFA projects. If all 300 squares are sold, the lucky winner will receive $750.
Tickets are available from Woodmore FFA members or by calling Downs at 419-862-1376.
Area kids are invited to enjoy an island camping adventure on Kelleys Island at the Ottawa County 4-H Junior Camp, set for June 25 to 29.
Camp is open to youths in third through seventh grade. Participants need not be 4-H members to attend. The theme for this year’s camp is “Game On at 4-H Camp.” One of the highlights of camp will be a giant Twister game on the field.
Throughout the week, the youths live in one of 13 rustic cabins with approximately 10 campers and two trained counselors, enjoying nutritious meals in the central dining hall. The camp also includes a beach area, a nature center, craft barn, campfire circle, recreation hall and sports field.
“The camp environment encourages learning and reinforces the development of life skills,” said Kathleen E. Booher, Ottawa County OSU Extension Educator. “Living in a cabin with a group of other kids of the same age, sharing experiences, laughing and working together is unique to the camp environment.”
For more information, call 419-898-3631.