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Farm briefs

July 10, 2007

Pa. crop insurance deadlines nearing



HARRISBURG - Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said Pennsylvania farmers face two upcoming crop insurance deadlines.

"This summer's dry weather, coupled with severe storms, has taken a toll on crops," Wolff said. "Farmers are encouraged to consider purchasing crop insurance."

The acreage reporting deadline is July 16 for all 2007 insured crops planted in the spring, other than small grains. Participating producers are required to file the reports with both their crop insurance agent and with their county Farm Service Agency.

The deadline for enrollment for fall forage seeding for the 2008 crop year is July 31.

To find a crop insurance agent, visit www.rma.usda.gov.




Horst is vice-chair of Mid-Atlantic



PHILADELPHIA - The Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association board of directors have elected a new chairman and vice chairman for the 2007 term.

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David Weitzer, of Poolesville, Md., was elected chairman of the 15-member board. Weitzer, a farmer for 50 years, also is second vice chairman of the United Dairy Industry Association board of directors.

Vernon Horst, a Chambersburg, Pa., dairy farmer on Mid-Atlantic's board since 2005, was elected vice chairman.

Continuing are: Jeff Moore, Centreville, Md., secretary; and Jerrel Heatwole, Greenwood, Del., treasurer.

Mid-term elections filled vacancies created when Gordon Hoover resigned as chairman to become the director of milk supply for Land O'Lakes Eastern Region in Carlisle, Pa. He is to stay on Mid-Atlantic's board of directors.

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