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4-H Dog Camp – Fun for the Family

BY:  Lloyd G Saylor, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development
We know you love your dog.  Matter of fact, he’s probably another member of the family!  Here’s a great opportunity for the whole family, including the 4-legged ones, to come together and attend the 2013 4-H Dog Camp.


Reminder: Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Must be Postmarked by March 25

WASHINGTON, February 8, 2013- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades that there are 45 days remaining in the filing period closing March 25, 2013.


Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCP’s)

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products, often referred to as PPCPs, are products used by individuals for personal care or health reasons, or used by the agricultural industry to enhance the growth or health of livestock.  PPCPs include prescription and over-the-counter drugs, veterinary drugs, fragrances, cosmetics, sunscreen products, diagnostic agents, and nutraceuticals (such as vitamins.  PPCPs enter our environment through human activity (such as bathing, shaving, using lotion, or taking medication), illicit drug use, veterinary drug use (especially antibiotic and steroid use), the


AFIDA Foreign Landowner Notification

Foreign investors who buy, sell, or hold a direct interest in U.S. agricultural land must report their holdings and transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The reporting requirement became law in 1978 when the Agricultural Foreign I vestment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) was signed into law.


Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan Deficiency Payments Continued for the 2013 Crop Year

Lexington, Feb. 4, 2013—The marketing assistance loan (MAL) and loan deficiency payment (LDP) provisions authorized in the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 FarmBill) have been extended for the 2013 crop year with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.


Farm Service Agency Announces Important Program Updates

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2013—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) for many Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC)commodity, disaster, and conservation programs through 2013. FSA administers these programs.


USDA Finalizes New Microloan Program

Microloans up to $35,000 aim to assist small farmers, veterans, and disadvantaged producers


Agriculture Leadership Program Offered for Butler County

Greg Drake II, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Farmers and others interested in agriculture have the opportunity to participate in the “Motivating and Educating Agriculture Leaders” program.  This leadership program has been developed by local extension agents to help people develop their skills in media relations, public relations, working with elected officials, issues management, and general leadership. 


4-H Summer Camps Recruiting Staff

Lloyd G. Saylor, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development

Are you looking for a fun and challenging summer in the outdoors? According to Donna Fox, State 4-H Specialist, then a staff position at 4-H summer camp can provide a rewarding and educational experience.  Staff recruitment for this summer’s camps is under way.


The Realities of Prescription Drug Abuse

By:  Lloyd G. Saylor, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development
Source:  Jennifer Tackett, Extension Specialist for 4-H Youth Development, National Family Partnership, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Bluegrass Prevention Center
Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse has become all too common in our society. We see instances of it every day in the media, in our communities and in our extended family and friends. It’s extremely troubling that prescription drug abuse is not only an adult problem, but a youth problem as well.



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