BIZ BUZZ: Myers Spring adds coating; proposed rule limits non-farmer payments

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Myers Spring Co. Inc. of Logansport has recently added a new coating for the springs it manufactures.

Acrylic E-Coating is now available for nearly every part it makes. Like Epoxy E-cote, Acrylic E-Coat is a conversion coating and improves corrosion protection with the added benefit of utraviolet resistance, making it a suitable finish as well, according to a press release from the company.

Myers Spring Co. produces fine wire precision springs with wire diameters ranging from 0.006 to 0.719 inches. The springs are produced from a range of materials and are integral components for a variety of products, including high tech precision instruments, military applications, industrial, automotive, agricultural equipment, appliances, toys and many other consumer products.

Myers Spring Co. is located at 720 Water St. in Logansport, and staff may be reached at 574-753-5105. The website is www.myersspring.com.

Lehe advocates for agriculture

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Don Lehe, R-Brookston, sponsored legislation to make Indiana’s livestock industry more competitive.

Senate Bill (SB) 249 would require the Purdue Extension and Purdue University College of Agriculture to study the impact that local land use ordinances have on structures used in the housing, feeding and breeding of livestock. The bill passed with an 89-2 vote out of the House.

“This legislation works to provide essential information to the state regarding the effects that local land use ordinances have on Indiana’s livestock industry,” Lehe said in a press release. “By learning what ordinances are in place at the local level, the state will have a better understanding of where Indiana currently stands in regards to agriculture and farming restrictions.”

Currently, it is up to local governments to impose land use ordinances on livestock building or structure construction if they want to. No formal study has been conducted to see their effect on the market.

The bill also establishes a Farm Commodities and Market News Service pilot program within the Indiana Department of Agriculture. That would provide marketing assistance to the agriculture industry to aid producers in the sale and purchase of agricultural products, a service that doesn’t currently exist.

“This service will benefit Indiana’s agricultural community in many ways,” said Rep. Lehe. “Distributing pricing and sale information to the buyers and sellers of livestock, Indiana’s agriculture industry will have tools needed to be more competitive nationwide.”

The bill is headed for the governor’s desk now. Visit iga.in.gov for more information about SB 249.

USDA limiting payments

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently proposed a rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill.

The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm management, according to a USDA press release. In the Farm Bill, Congress gave USDA the authority to address that loophole for joint ventures and general partnerships, while exempting family farm operations from being impacted by the new rule USDA ultimately implements.

The current definition of “actively engaged” for managers, established in 1987, is broad, allowing individuals with little to no contributions to critical farm management decisions to receive safety-net payments if they are classified as farm managers, and for some operations there were an unlimited number of managers that could receive payments. 

Under the proposed rule, non-family joint ventures and general partnerships must document that their managers are making significant contributions to the farming operation, defined as 500 hours of substantial management work per year, or 25 percent of the critical management time necessary for the success of the farming operation.

Many operations will be limited to only one manager who can receive a safety-net payment. As mandated by Congress, family farms will not be impacted.

Stakeholders interested in commenting on the proposed definition and changes are encouraged to provide written comments at www.regulations.gov by May 26. The proposed rule is available at go.usa.gov/3C6Kk.

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