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Cost-Share Program Available to Make Organic Certification Affordable
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced that $369,100 is available through the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program to make organic certification more affordable for organic producers and handlers in Ohio. A total of approximately $11.6 million is available to organic operations across the country. This funding covers as much as 75 percent of an individual applicant’s certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 annually per certification scope. Four scopes of certification are eligible for reimbursement: crops, wild crops, livestock, and handler.

Drago GT Corn Head
Drago has introduced a new corn head. The Drago GT pairs with QuadSuspension that are integrated “ear shocks” under deck plates that work to reduce ear “butt shelling”. It also features a 20-inch diameter auger and 28-inch pitch fin.

USDA Unveils New Improvement to Streamline Crop Reporting
The USDA announced that farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office and the information will be electronically shared with the other location. This new process is part of the USDA Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI). This interagency collaboration also includes participating private crop insurance agents and insurance companies.

Fused-Safe Ammonium Sulfate Nitrate Fertilizer Available
The J. R. Simplot Company’s FŪSN fertilizer is now commercially available to growers. Simplot uses technology to fuse ammonium nitrate with ammonium sulfate to create an ammonium nitrate-based fertilizer. Simplot’s FŪSN (26-0-0-14s) provides growers the ability to improve farm productivity with a fertilizer and is a dry, granular homogenous fertilizer that delivers nitrate and ammonium nitrogen and sulfate sulfur to the plant. The fused sulfate-nitrate compound also helps decrease volatilization of surface-applied nitrogen.