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February 5, 2012

Farm Briefs: Feb. 5, 2012

Milk prices decline for January ALBANY — Prices received by New York producers for milk sold during January were down from a month earlier, according to King Whetstone, director of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.

The price of soybeans and apples decreased also. The price of corn and hay increased. The price of potatoes remained unchanged. Many previous month prices were revised due to more complete sales information.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $20.30 per hundredweight of milk sold during January, down 40 cents from December but $2.50 more than January a year ago.

Grain corn, at $6.60 per bushel, was up 23 cents from December and up $1.01 from last

year. Hay averaged $107 per ton, up $11 from December but unchanged from prices received

in January 2011.

Potatoes averaged $13.20 per cwt., unchanged from December but down 50 cents from last year. Soybeans averaged $11.17 per cwt., down 21 cents from December.

Apples, at $31.70 per cwt., were down $4 from last month but up $7.80 from last January.

Producers received higher prices for cattle, broilers, soybeans and corn and lower prices for

eggs, milk, wheat and lettuce.

USDA announces sign-up period for programs

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup beginning March 12 and ending April 6.

CRP has a 25-year legacy of successfully protecting the nation's natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States.

CRP is a program for protecting the most environmentally sensitive lands from erosion and sedimentation and for ensuring the sustainability of groundwater, lakes, rivers, ponds and streams.

CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and develop wildlife habitat. In return, USDA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance.

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