Bond Information for producers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain, Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration is informing cattle producers who have done business with Eastern Livestock Company, LLC, of their rights under the bond provisions of the Packers and Stock-yards Act.
Eas-tern began issuing unfunded checks to producers for livestock purchased by Eastern in different markets on or around November 3, 2010. Eastern is headquartered in New Albany, Ind., with operations in 11 states across the Mid-South, Midwest, and West. Eastern is registered with GIPSA as a market agency that buys and sells on a dealer basis, and as a clearing service.
Producers who have not received payment due from Eastern are encouraged to contact the GIPSA Midwestern Regional Office, Des Moines, Iowa, at telephone 515-323-2579 for complete information on available financial protections, and for forms necessary for filing a bond claim on payments due from Eastern.
Bond claims must be filed within 60 days from the date of the transaction on which the claim is based.
The Packers and Stockyards Act is a fair trade practice and payment protection law that promotes fair and competitive marketing environments for the livestock, meat, and poultry industries.
This is just a reminder that the Carroll County Extension Office will be closed from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3.  If you have an emergency and need information or service feel free to contact me at my home and I will see what we can do to help you. I’m in the phone book.
Education Opportunities
The Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Annual Meeting will be Jan. 3-4 in Lexington at the Embassy Suites Hotel off Newtown Pike. The registration fee is $30 for the entire conference but you will have meal expenses above that. The room rate is $111, and this includes a really good hot breakfast buffet. I have registration information at the office and www.uky.edu/Ag/Horticulture/meetings.html.This link will take you to the details of the meeting. Early registration is due Dec. 20.
Cattlemen to meet
The Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association will meet Thursday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension Office. More details to follow.
The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Convention will be Jan. 13-15 in Lexington at the Civic Center. Registration information is available in the Cow Country News and at the www.kybeef.org website.
The Burley Tobacco Growers Council and the Kentucky Horse Council will be having their Annual Meetings on Jan. 14 in Lexington. What is cool is the fact the Cattlemen, Burley Council and the Horse Council will be having a joint trade show on Jan. 14 at the Civic Center.

Tim Hendrick is the Carroll County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call him at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to thendrick@uky.edu.