Farm loss deadline extended Iconic Dells photos featured in SCHRC Second Saturdays program


Iconic photos (above and below) by photographer H.H. Bennett, famous for his images of the area around Wisconsin Dells, will be featured in the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center’s Second Saturday program at the Plymouth Arts Center. This collection is owned by Wisconsin Historical Society. — Submitted photos Iconic photos (above and below) by photographer H.H. Bennett, famous for his images of the area around Wisconsin Dells, will be featured in the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center’s Second Saturday program at the Plymouth Arts Center. This collection is owned by Wisconsin Historical Society. — Submitted photos U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).

The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27 until March 31. The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31.

“This is an important decision for producers, because these programs provide financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace. Producers are working to make the best decision they can. And we’re working to ensure that they’ve got the time, the information, and the opportunities to have those final conversations, review their data, and to visit the Farm Service Agency to make those decisions,” said Vilsack.

If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by March 31, the farm’s current yield and base will be used. A program choice of ARC or PLC coverage also must be made by March 31, or there will be no 2014 payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage through the 2018 crop year.

“These are complex decisions, which is why we launched a strong education and outreach campaign back in September. Now we’re providing a one-time extension of an additional month so that every producer is fully prepared to enroll in this program, “ said Vilsack.

Nationwide, more than 2.9 million educational postcards, in English and Spanish, have been sent to producers, and over 4,100 training sessions have been conducted on the new safety-net programs. The online tools, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc, allow producers to explore projections on how ARC or PLC coverage will affect their operation under possible future scenarios.

Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

To learn more, farmers can contact their local Farm Service Agency county office. To find your local office visit http://offices.usda.gov.

The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

Second Saturdays-Journeys into Local History sponsored by the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center continues its season Saturday, March 14, with the program, H.H. Bennett Photographic Studio, Wisconsin Dells led by Alan Hanson.

The event will take place at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 E. Mill St., Plymouth, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Open to the public, this free presentation is appropriate for adults and students ten and older. No reservations are needed. Please call (920) 467-4667 for questions.

Everyone knows the images of the German Shepherd jumping the gap at Stand Rock in Wisconsin Dells. Wisconsin Historical Society site coordinator Alan Hanson will bring H.H. Bennett and his photography to life in this presentation.

Henry Hamilton Bennett opened his first studio in 1865. It has the distinction of being the oldest operating business in Wisconsin Dells. In 1875 he moved into the current studio he designed on Broadway. It has been in continuous operation ever since and is believed to be the oldest operating photography studio in the United States. Bennett’s family ran the business until 1998 when they donated the property to the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Photography historians consider Bennett one of the best landscape photographers of the 19th century, considered the “Golden Age of Landscape Photography.” Today the studio continues to house many of Bennett’s original photographs, glass plate negatives, photography inventions, cameras and equipment.


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