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October 20, 2012

Business in Brief: 10/20/2012

EAST LANSING —

Crop, pest update at MSU Dec. 14

EAST LANSING --The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Team, along with Eaton County MSU Extension, will host the 2012 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education.

Participants will receive the MSU Extension 2013 recommendations for potential pest problems, fertilizer practices and weed control. This program is intended for agribusiness, pesticide sales and service professionals, private crop consultants, field crop educators and farmers.

One of the major objectives is to provide agribusinesses with MSU recommendations in a timely fashion so that they can make their year-end business decisions and get ready for the 2013 season.

The industry is reacting to drought-induced yield losses, high commodity prices, rising input costs, rapidly evolving technologies and potential pest problems.

The agenda includes a review of the unprecedented drought season and a discussion on the 2013 MSUE recommendations.

MSUE specialists will be on hand to answer questions. This year's event will also feature Dr. Bob Nielsen from Purdue University and other prominent speakers. Participants will receive MDA and CCA pesticide recertification and MAEAP phase 1 credits at this session.

Online registration using a credit card is available, as well as a downloadable brochure for mail-in check registration.

For more information, visit http://fieldcrop.msu.edu/

Disaster loans available from FSA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Emergency (FSA) — Disaster Loan program provides emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to various natural disasters.

These loans may be used to restore and/or replace essential property, pay production costs associated with the disaster year, reorganize the farming operation, or refinance certain debts.

Producers can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production or physical losses to a maximum amount of $500,000. The current annual interest rate for emergency loans is 2.25 percent, and applications must be received within eight months of the county's disaster designation date.

For additional details and information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA.

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