Editor’s note: Every effort is being made to keep this listing up-to-date, including cancellations stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check with event organizers for the latest information.
CCCC speaker on WSP Project Sept. 13
The Cass County Citizens Coalition is holding an informational forum from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 13 at McHale Performing Arts Center, 1 Berry Lane, Logansport.
Dr. James Rybarczyk, analytic and environmental chemist, will be speaking concerning the Waelz Sustainable Products zinc reclamation plant being built near Clymers. Seating is limited, and masks are required.
Purdue offers online agronomy classes for fall
Purdue University Agronomy e-Learning Academy is taking registrations for another online agronomy course series aimed at agricultural producers and businesses serving them.
The 12-week, non-credit courses begin Sept. 16 and run through Dec. 9 but allow participants to work on their own schedules and complete the courses earlier.
Courses offered include:
• Agronomy Essentials: A fundamental crops and soils course that provides a thorough understanding of crop production practices through the growing season from field preparation to marketing.
• Precision Agriculture: For those with at least a basic understanding of agronomy, the course covers the technical science of digital agriculture and technology changes.
• Nutrient Management: The course provides better understanding of nutrient management, including fertilizer sources and methods.
• Agronomy Essentials Europe: insight into crops, soils, nutrient use and other agronomic considerations unique to European agriculture.
Each course is made up of modules with more than 100 videos, accompanied by readings, links to related information and a glossary.
Course graduates receive a personalized certificate from Purdue Online, suitable for framing.
Questions about the courses’ content can be directed to Bruce Erickson at email@example.com. For all other questions, including available discounts, contact Sue Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuition and additional details are available at: ag.purdue.edu/agry/ADE/Pages/default.aspx.
Farmers reminded to update Price Loss Coverage
The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farm owners that they have a one-time opportunity to update Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program yields for covered commodities on the farm. The deadline is Sept. 30, 2020, to update yields, which are used to calculate the PLC payments for 2020 through 2023. Additionally, producers who elected Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) should also consider updating their yields.
“The last time farmers could update yields for these important safety-net programs was in 2014,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “It is the farm owner’s choice whether to update or keep existing yields. So, if you rent, you’ll need to communicate with your landlord who will be the one to sign off on the yield updates.”
Updating yields requires the signature of one owner on a farm and not all owners. If a yield update is not made, no action is required to maintain the existing base crop yield on file with FSA.
For program payments, updated yields will apply beginning with the 2020 crop year which, should payments trigger, will be paid out in October of 2021.
Farmers encouraged to participate in survey
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is conducting a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners. The survey will help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA).
A selection of 28,000 producers will receive the survey over the next few weeks, but all farmers are encouraged to take the survey at farmers.gov/survey.
“We want to hear from our customers so we can learn what we’re doing right and where we’re missing the mark,” Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey said. “Good data is critical to good decision-making. The more responses we receive, the better we can understand what we need to do to improve our services to America’s farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners.”
INDOT plow jobs coming available
The Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting open interviews for more than 100 winter seasonal positions at 11 locations.
Interviews will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (local time for each site) on Sept. 15 and Oct. 15.
Visit INDOTjobs.com to learn more about the 11 sites and to register.
Winter positions run November through March at a starting pay of $16 per hour. INDOT offers bonuses of $250 for sign on and $500 for retention to eligible candidates. Candidates should have a valid driver’s license and commercial driver’s license (CDL). A high school diploma or GED is preferred but not required.
Registration is not required to attend the event, but INDOT recruiters will contact pre-registered participants directly with additional instructions and details prior to the event. Email email@example.com with questions.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks are required and social distancing will be observed at INDOT hiring events.
COVID-19 business roundtable available
Inspire Results Business Coaching of Indianapolis is hosting a free weekly Back to Business Roundtable from 9-10 a.m. every Friday. They are open to any business owner.
The virtual discussion provides small business owners with the opportunity to talk with each other and experts about current events, the challenges they are facing and how to minimize the negative impact of the pandemic.
In addition to its free crisis management and free virtual coaching sessions, Inspire Results has also assembled a resource to help business owners as they tackle the changing business landscape.
To learn more about these events and download the free resource, visit www.inspireresults.com/leading-change-through-a-pandemic.
Light Up Logansport seeking volunteers
The Light Up Logansport Parade is seeking volunteers to assist with the planning and organizing of this year’s celebration to be held on Friday, Nov. 27. Volunteers are needed in many different roles such as logistics, safety, entries, float building, music, fundraising etc. No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to give some time to make another great holiday memory. Call 574-753-2551 to sign up. The next meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 at the Cass County Community Foundation, 729 E. Market St.
Applications available for Logan’s Landing program
Applications for the Commercial Facade Improvement Funding Program are available to commercial business or property owners within the Logan’s Landing district, according to a release.
Applicants have a full year from the date of approval to complete the project, and the program offers 50 percent matching funding up to $5,000 per property for eligible improvements.
Those improvements include exterior painting, exterior lighting, windows and doors, facade maintenance and restoration, awnings and installation of brick facade.
For an application or further information, contact Logan’s Landing at 574-722-9345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.