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Tobacco workshop set at Spindletop Farm
At a recent grower meeting one of the leaf dealers (Alliance One) buying burley tobacco in Central Ky. stated they would no longer accept tobacco with more than 80 ppm of MH residues. This has prompted much concern among growers and led to a number of questions about sucker control. In response to this recent development, Bob Pearce, University of Kentucky Extension Tobacco Specialist, will hold an informal workshop on sucker control at the Spindletop Research Farm (3250 Ironworks Pike) in Lexington. The workshop will be held on Friday, July 29, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Granted this is short notice, but there is still time to help some growers this year. The workshop is open to growers and will focus on appropriate materials and application methods to achieve good sucker control and minimize the potential for MH residue. Topics will include: Sprayer set-up and calibration, Alternative sucker control Chemicals and Factors affecting MH residue levels. Call the Trimble County Extension Office by 10 a.m. on Friday, July 29, at 502-255-7188 if you plan to attend.
Livestock Losses Due to Heat Stress
Livestock producers who incur eligible livestock death losses due to the recent extreme temperatures and other adverse weather events may be eligible for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Indemnity Program.
LIP provides assistance to livestock owners and contract growers who experience livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to natural disasters. For livestock losses that occur in calendar year 2011, producers will have until, the earlier of, 30 days after the livestock loss become apparent to file a notice of loss to FSA, or no later than Oct. 31, 2011.
In addition, producers will have until Jan. 30, 2012, to apply for payment. Adequate documentation must prove the death of eligible livestock occurred as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather event in the calendar year for which benefits are being requested. If adequate verifiable proof of death records documentation is not available, a livestock producer may provide reliable records, along with verifiable beginning and ending inventory, as proof of death.
Certifications of livestock deaths by third parties, who are not affiliated with the farming operation, may be accepted only if verifiable proof of death records or reliable proof of death records is not available. Verifiable beginning and ending inventory records are also required with such third party certifications.
Producers need to contact their local FSA County Offices to sign up for LIP. The number for the Carrollton office is 502-732-6931.
Michael Pyles is Trimble County’s Cooperative Extension agent for agriculture.