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11th-hour Federal Crop Insurance information meeting

By John Fulton       Send a link to a friend

[MARCH 9, 2004]  Due to some rate changes in the Federal Crop Insurance program, an information meeting is scheduled for Wednesday (March 10) at 7 a.m. at the Extension office in Lincoln. Dr. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois specialist, will present the program.

Information provided will include a comparison of crop insurance products, cost effectiveness and rate comparisons. Keep in mind that insurance decisions must be finalized by the 15th of March, hence the “11th hour” designation.

There is an excellent set of crop insurance information on the Internet at http://www.farmdoc.uiuc.edu/cropins/index.html. This information includes historical yields, fact sheets and a product evaluator.

If you are interested in attending the meeting, simply call the Extension office so we'll know about how many chairs to set up. The meeting is co-sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and Sangamon Valley FBFM Association. 

Management-intensive grazing

Management-intensive grazing is the buzzword for livestock producers these days. One of the keys to making the system work is the proper selection of your forage species. To this end, a workshop has been scheduled in Springfield on March 31 from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sangamon County Extension office in Springfield, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Reservations are required, but there is no cost. Call the Sangamon County office at (217)782-4617 to make a reservation.


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Some of the most knowledgeable forage agronomists in the Midwest will headline the meeting. These speakers include Steve Wallace, agronomist for Barenbrug Seed, from Vinton, Iowa; Dave Robison, agronomist for Ampac Seed, from Winona Lake, Ind.; and Tom Kolkmeier, agronomist for Pennington Seed, from Knob Noster, Mo. They will discuss the various pasture forage species and how to combine them into various mixtures to provide high-quality grazing throughout the year.

A program flyer is available from the Logan or Sangamon County Extension offices.

[John Fulton,
Logan County Extension office]


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