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COC election ballots mailed

Election ballots mailed to farmers

MOUNT CARROLL – Ballots for the 2012 FSA County Committee election in Local Administrative Area 3 were mailed to producers Nov. 5, The area includes Freedom, Mount Carroll, Savanna, Washington and Woodland townships,

Voters will be electing a producer for a 3-year term to the Carroll County Committee.

Three producers from LAA3 were nominated to run for the County Officer Committee position. Nominees are Corine Charles of Mount Carroll, who operates a livestock and grain farm with her husband, Lee; current COC member representing LAA3 Alan Flikkema of Lanark, who operates a livestock and grain farm with his two sons; and Richard Meador of Lena who operates a grain farm in Carroll County.

Ballots should be returned to the county office, 807A S. Clay St., Mount Carroll, IL 61053-9770, by Dec. 3.

Dairy program claims available

The Carroll County FSA Committee announced that producers can file a Dairy Indemnity Payment Program claim for Fiscal Year 2012 through Dec. 31, and for Fiscal Year 2013 through March 27, 2013.

DIPP is available to dairy farmers for milk or cows producing milk and manufacturers of dairy products who have been directed to remove their milk or dairy products from commercial markets because of the presence of certain chemical or toxic residue in the products.  

This year’s drought has caused the presence of aflatoxin to show up in some of the corn that dairy producers use for feed.

Marketing loan program under way

The 9-month, non-recourse commodity loan program is available for 2012 crops.

Loans can be for farm stored or warehouse stored grain. Farm stored loan quantities can be certified as to the amount in the bins using the producer’s measurements.

For warehouse stored grain the producer needs to present the county office with a negotiable warehouse receipt and show that the in-handling charges as well as storage through the loan maturity have been paid or provided for. Commodity Credit Corp. will not be held accountable for unpaid charges.

Loans mature 9 months from the end of the month in which they are disbursed and farm stored grain may be paid in part or in full any time during the 9-month loan period. Warehouse receipts are required to be paid off in full at the time of repayment.

As a reminder, once grain is put under CCC loan, producers need to contact the county office before moving any farm stored loan grain.

Crop reporting deadline changes

There has been a change in the reporting deadline for some locally produced crops.

Fall-seeded crops such as wheat, rye and barley now have a reporting deadline of Dec. 15. All perennial forage crops such as alfalfa and other types of hay also have a Dec. 15 deadline.

This a change from the July 15 reporting dates for fall-seeded crops and hay. Accurate crop reporting by the deadline is required for certain USDA program benefits and crop insurance, and producers who file late may have to pay a late filing fee.

For more information on tany of the programs, call the FSA office at 815-244-8732.

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