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Farmers wanted for virtual PTO study

Researchers at the Ohio Supercomputer Center in Columbus are looking for farmers to participate in a virtual reality study simulating the dangers of the power take off (PTO) on the farm. The purpose of the study, funded by the National Institute on Health and Safety and the Great Lakes Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, is to further understand the cause of occupational injuries and possibly help identify those who are at high risk. For complete information and a list of eligibility requirements, visit or contact Don Stredney at (614) 292-8447 or e-mail [email protected]

Farm land values drop first since 1987

The value of U.S. farmland has fallen 3.2 percent this year, the first time values have dropped since 1987, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics (NASS) Service. In the report, NASS said farm land and buildings were worth an average of $2,100 per acre. In 1987, land values bottomed out at $599 per acre.

CSP sign-up through Sept. 30

USDA began continuous sign-up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Aug. 10, with the first sign-up period cutoff scheduled for Sept. 30. The voluntary program encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation practices, while adopting additional procedures on their operations. For information, visit or your local NRCS field office.

USDA to offer financial restructuring

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the department will use its authority to try to help farmers and rural businesses survive the recession by offering loan restructuring and low-interest loans as needed. USDA sent a letter to borrowers outlining options such as loan rescheduling, reamortization, deferral of payments and debt reduction. The department also encouraged lenders using USDA loan guarantee programs to explore all options to assist struggling producers.

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