ARC/PLC Sign Up & Toxic Algae Blooms

ARC/PLC Sign Up & Toxic Algae Blooms

ARC/PLC Sign Up & Toxic Algae Blooms. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

Beginning today you can sign up for the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for 2014 and 2015. Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini says you need to make appointments well before the September 30th enrollment deadline.

DOLCINI: I really want to stress to farmers and customers of the Farm Service Agency out there that they need to contact their local FSA county office and make an appointment to come in and enroll, that is, to sign the contract between ARC and PLC and I would do that in the near-term because county offices across the nation are going to be pretty busy this summer and I just want to make sure that farmers know that they need to come in and sign the contract to enroll in one of the programs that they have chosen and that they need to do that before September 30so sooner is better than later in this case.

It's that time of year when normally clear waters will cloud with algae blooms and in many cases that can pose health risks to people, pets and wildlife. According to a new report from Oregon State University the frequency, duration and magnitude of blooms appear to be increasing. The study also has found that toxic algal blooms in reservoirs on the Klamath River can travel more than 180 miles downriver in a few days, survive passage through hydroelectric turbines and create unsafe water conditions on lower parts of the river in northern California.

That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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