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A36-lanca*ttr Farming, Saturday, May 1, 1993 Disaster Program Allows More Funds, Less Time VERNON ACHENBACH, JR. Lancaster Farming Staff HARRISBURG (Dauphin Co.) Fanners whose com crop quality and quantity was damaged last year may be eligible for federal money, but they have to act quickly. A broadened application of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s disaster relief program is being offered under the Clinton Admi nistration that takes into account losses experienced by com grow ers whose crops didn’t mature, went bad, or had to be left in the field. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy announced the new assis tance program last week, accord ing to a news release from the Har risburg office of USDA’s Agricul tural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS). However, time is short producers have only until May 7 to file a written disaster application and should contact a local ASCS office to determine eligibility. The expansion of the federal disaster program takes into account the loss in value in com which was unharvestable, and that which was harvested but was mold-damaged, low in feed value, immature, etc. “Espy said adjustments in pro duction will be made for com pro ducers who suffered losses from reduced quality caused by damag ing weather or related conditions,” according to the Harrisburg office’s news release. “This adjusted production will be used to determine whether these com producers qualify for disaster Chester County DHIA • April 1993 Cows producing over SflQ lbs. protein are: Joseph & Sandra Lusby Meg Walmoore, Inc. #1 294 Ken & Marilyn Umble # Pixie Scotti Robert & Sharon Nolan Brita Edwin & Gale Mast 635 Marilyn & Duane Hershey Sugar Satin Duchess Gillen Merle J. King Mandy Dunwood Farm Cheerio Delight Classy Chris & dies Stoltzfus Polly Sun Ute Jana Tim & Phyllis Barlow Glamour Herman Stoltzfus Cathy Mark & Melody Stoltzfus Boots Melwood Farm Jana Trudy Secret Kathy Pei-Valley Farm 46 17 payments for the first time or for additional payments as applic able," Espy said. For those who already filed their losses and expected none or a cer tain amount of disaster relief may find that a recalculation of their losses under the broadened allow ance will increase the amount of the relief. “Com producers who (already) filed a written disaster application for the com crop may be entitled to additional payments because of quality production adjustments,” Espy said. Donald Unangst, state executive director of ASCS, said that data gathered so far shows that while Pennsylvania com production was the highest in five years, at 118.8 million bushels, cool summer temperatures and an early frost caused the majority of the crop to contain excessive moisture and low test weight, thus significantly reduced quality. Unangst said he expects about 2,000 new or revised applications coming in to county ASCS offices for requests for disaster relief to cover losses from low quality com, grading No. 4, No. S, or Sample. Highly Erodible, Wetlands Programs Explained In other ASCS announcements, facts sheets were recently made available outlining ASCS sodbus ter and swampbuster policy and also detailing requirements for some USDA loans. The swampbuster and sodbuster provisions are those described under an April 1993-released ASCS Farm Program Fact Sheet, “Production of Crons on Highly 1047 26,991 4-10 24,638 2-09 26,881 24,922 4-03 3-06 26,358 4-07 22,563 3-00 1090 714 1125 933 30,588 28,036 31,868 26,727 5-04 3-05 5-09 2-09 1021 25,946 3-04 995 1062 918 26,550 23,102 23,958 9-03 3-02 1-10 838 1125 1032 26,235 28,043 29,138 6-03 5-07 3-05 25,650 6-00 27,341 4-02 24,602 4-11 103.8 1120 1007 963 25,912 27,975 30,599 26,829 3-05' 6-02 3-07 3-01 1060 1014 24,777 27,877 7-10 3-08 Erodible Land or Wetland.” The other fact sheet was con cerned with beneficial interest requirements for loans and loan deficiency payments (LDP). The fact sheet concerning high ly erodible land and wetlands states that the protection of highly erodible lands is authorized through the 1990 amendment to the Food Security Act of 1985. According to the sheet, “... the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 discourages the production of craps on highly erodible cropland unless the land is protected from erosion under an approved conservation system. “If crops are produced on such fields without an approved conser vation system, producers may lose their eligibility for most U.S. Department of Agriculture prog ram benefits.” As far as treatment of wetlands, producers will lose USDA benefits if the land being used for craps had been converted from wetlands after Dec. 23,1985, or, if wetlands have beat converted to cropland since Nov. 28, 1990. Violating the sodbuster and swampbuster provisions of the Farm Bill can affect farmer eligibility for a number of other ASCS programs. Those programs affected include the acreage reduction programs; price support loans; multiple peril crop insurance: farm related Farmers Home Admi nistration loans; Commodity Cre dit Corporation storage payments; disaster assistance, including the emergency conservation program and livestock feed program; con At Last •• A 4-H Center for Chester County After 23 or 30 years of searching fbr land and facilities for a 4-H Center in Chester County, the dream is about to be realized. The estate and heirs of Fiorre A. Romano of West Brandywine Township have generously donated IS acres of land along Route 322 between Guthriesville and Honeybrook. They have also agreed to allow the 4-H Center an option to purchase an additional 5 acres which creates a 20-acre site for activities. The center will be named the Romano 4-H Center. The 4-H program in Chester County has been very successful over the years, and currently there are 2,577 members and 263 volunteer leaders. One of the main problems, however, has been the lack of a facility to conduct shows, sales, meetings and contests. Events have had to depend on outside facilities, even some outside the county, to conduct programs. By scattering events throughout the area and at different dates, there has been a loss of identity and, most importantly, the interaction between 4-H members in different projects has been non-existent. Now that the land has been secured, the next step is to constructs facility that can handle the wide range of activities that 4-H'encompasses. The plan is to eventually build two pole building, two show rings, and a headquarters building. This main building will have meeting and banquet space, kitchen, showers and community facilities. There is also the possibility to include sp'.ce for 948 842 963 934 agricultural related agencies. Community groups will be able to use the buildings and grounds for a fee when there are no 4-H events scheduled. The challenge now is to raise the funds needed to make the center a complete 847 827 820 and worthwhile facility for not only 4-H, but for the entire Chester County community. The goal is to raise $750,000 through contributions. The 4-H Center is under the able leadership of Pat Taws, President of the Board of 816 879 912 Directon, and Representative Art Hershey, General Campaign Chairman. It is visualized that, by 1994, a county-wide 4-H Round-Up lasting several days will be held at the site. The positive aspect of having 4-H members together with projects as diverse as dairy cattle and ceramics, or horses and computers, is very important to the development of the young people in Chester County. Youth from all racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups participate in this 849 917 975 848 county's 4-H cluba, and the development of their leadership, maturity, and understanding of others is a key benefit of the 4-H program. So, if someone asks you to help, please consider supporting this worthwhile project that will have a positive effect on Chester County for years to come. 810 893 servation reserve program pay ments; and conservation cost sharing payments. According to the fact sheet, ‘To retain eligibility for USDA bene fits. it is important that before pro ducers plant 1993 crops they know” several aspects about their operation. Included are whether the Soil Conservation Service of USDA has made a highly erodible land Dairy Expo (CentlniMd toM Pifl, A3S} SUBwrt.COKfcoflb.Drt, Scholarship Winners Products Judging Team, presented Matthew Wanner, a senior in aclocktoclubmemberJodieEvcr dairy and animal science, was ly as high individual for 1992. named the winner of the Dairy The Dairy Cattle Judging Team Shrine Student Award. The son of was recognized. The team con- Alfred and Carolyn Wanner of sisted of Jeff Pirrung, Rebecca Narvon, Matthew received a Sonncn, Tom Smallback. and plaque and lifetime membership in Matthew Wanner. They were the Dairy Shrine. coached by Dale Olver, They were Seven dairy science students first in Guernseys at the Eastern received high academic honors States Exposition, first in Ayr during the program. Awards went shires and Jerseys at the Pennsyl to seniors Brent Baker of Martins- vania All-American Contest, and b ur B» Lynetter Goodling of Selins- first in Brown Swiss at the Nation grove. Eugene Kreitzcr of Freder- a i Intercollegiate Contest, icksburg, and Tom McCauley of lc .... c .„ . , Elizabethtown. Juniors receiving . f UdB recognition were Roger Keith of ' ® *7*“ Martinsburg and Dave Wascak of on Mar ? h . so Dunbar. Peter Mozcs, a sopho- jounced Iri the collegiate div.- more from Greenville, was also s,on * /P? d . Sturgeon of Fombcll recognized. ™X ndl ! l ua ° veral an J Judging Contest Results ™ d B,d( sf of ? oa,sburg . placcd The awards banquet serves as a culmination of all the year’s events Bldd lf Brsl **“? TSI? d for dairy science students at Penn Sturgeon finished second. The ctot* ih. q n nnnnrt.miK, results of the hnearevaluation con state. It is an opportunity to rccog- t j revealed. Dave Was !,«rZ B ji C 0 S plac«l r w JalTc^r” ear ‘ Woodbury finished second, Igd Jayne Hess of Gettysburg was third. To Claim (HEL) determination on the land; whether crops and practices to be applied on HEL are authorized under an approved conservation plan; whether all conservation practices that are scheduled in the conservation plan for 1993 are applied on HEL; and whether any of their land was a wet area which was manipulated after Dec. 23, 1985. Several 4-H and FFA dairy catde judging teams were invited to the banquet Their placings were announced as well. In the senior 4-H d&ision. the team from Susquehhhna County was high team overall and high reasons team. The team members were Josh Harvatine. David Har vatine, Steven Pavelski, and Andrea Gamer. High individual overall was Donald Harwood of Franklin County and high reasons individual was David Fava of Washington County. The junior 4-H division was won by Armstrong County. Team members were Leland Claypool, Roy Claypool, Travis Walker, and Todd Walker. High individual overall was Jessica Whiting of Lawrence County. Jessica Whiling tied with Adam Dean, also of Lawrence County, for high rea sons individual honors. In the senior FFA division, high team overall and high reasons team was Tulpehocken chapter, with team members Andy Bicksler, Melissa Bicksler and Jennifer Grimes. The high individual, for both overall score and reasons, was Andy Bicksler. The junior FFA division was won by the team from Centre County. Team members were Kenny Brown, Brandy Seme strotc, Ryan Connelly, and Trish Watson. High individual overall was Brandy Semestrote of Centre County while high reasons indivi dual honors went to Jess Lawrence of Lawrence County. Brent Baker served as judging contest chairman and Jeff HoStet ter was his assistant. Official judges for the contest were Robert Barley, Gary Bicksler, John Burk et, William Curley, Benjamin Dum, Jr., William Lesher, Steve Shaw. Matthew Wanner, and Peter Witmer.