BISMARCK, N.D. (NDDA) - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will soon reopen to provide additional services to farmers and ranchers.
All FSA offices across the country will open offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays beginning on Jan. 24 through Feb. 8. Offices will then be open the same hours three days a week, Tuesdays through Thursdays, beginning Feb. 11 until the lapse in federal funding is over.
The deadline to apply for the Market Facilitation Program has also been extended to Feb. 14. Other program deadlines may also be modified.
FSA staff members will be able to help producers with the following:
Market Facilitation Program
Marketing Assistance Loans
Release of collateral warehouse receipts
Direct and Guaranteed Farm Operating Loans, and Emergency Loans
Service existing Conservation Reserve Program contracts
Sugar Price Support Loans
Dairy Margin Protection Program
Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage
Livestock Forage Disaster
Emergency Assistance Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program
Livestock Indemnity Program
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Tree Assistance Program
Remaining Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program payments for applications already processed
For more information about the services that FSA can or cannot assist with, please visit https://www.fsa.usda.gov/help/shutdowninfo.
MINOT, ND - Producers will have an opportunity to learn more about growing corn for silage and feeding corn silage to cattle during a program North Dakota State University Extension is hosting Jan. 31 at NDSU's North Central Research Extension Center (NCREC) near Minot.
"As corn production has expanded in the state, so has corn silage for cattle feed," says John Dhuyvetter, Extension livestock systems specialist at the center. "With larger operations with bigger herds, declining hay production and improved corn yields, silage is a growing trend."
The two-hour program will start at 10:30 a.m. Presenters will cover several key aspects of silage, including growing a good corn crop, harvesting and storing corn silage, feeding silage to cattle and the economics of corn silage production.
"This information will be helpful for new producers or those interested in adding silage to their feeding program," says Paige Brummund, an NDSU Extension agent in Ward County.
Presenters will include Joel Ransom, Extension agronomist; Karl Hoppe, Extension livestock systems specialist at NDSU's Carrington Research Extension Center; Dhuyvetter; Brummund; and Lynsey Aberle, Farm Business Management instructor at the NCREC.
The meeting free of charge. Please RSVP by January 28th. Contact Brummund at 701-857-6444 or paige.f.brummundndsu.edu, or Dhuyvetter at 701-857-7682 or john.dhuyvetterndsu.edu.
(Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)