CLINTON — The Clinton Calf Sale will be held Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Sampson County Livestock Facility. Cattle should be brought to the facility for grading, penning, etc., on Sept. 23 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
For more information, call Paul Gonzalez at (910) 592-7161.
Signs workshop set for Sept. 24
LUMBERTON — A Making Your Own Farm Signs workshop will be held Sept. 24 at the N.C. Cooperative Extension O.P. Owens Agriculture Center from 2 to 6 p.m.
Farmers attending the workshop will learn how to create personalized signs for their roadside stands, farmers market displays and the like. The signs will allow farmers to advertise produce availability, hours of operation and location.
Due to limited space, registration will be limited to 30 participants. Refreshments will be provided. Anyone needing to paint more than one 3x5-foot sign should bring their own piece of wood to paint on. For more information and to reserve a spot, call 671-3276
Payment program deadline is Sept. 30
LUMBERTON — Agricultural producers have until Sept. 30 to sign up for the 2008-crop Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program.
Giles B. Floyd, county executive director for the Robeson/Scotland USDA-FSA office, said farmers and growers can sign up by visiting a USDA Farm Service Agency office, or by using the online DCP service.
Direct payments are tied to acreage bases and yields. Counter-cyclical payments provide support counter to the cycle of market prices as part of a safety net in the event of low crop prices.
Last year the Robeson/Scotland USDA-FSA office issued more than $8.5 million through the program. To sign up online, go to www.fsa.usda.gov.