Town clerk certified by state association

Angela Skellington, who’s been serving as town clerk for the town of Brutus since December 2014, has been certified as a Registered Municipal Clerk by the New York State Town Clerk Association for achieving its high educational, experience and participatory requirements.

Also a member of the association, Skellington attained her designation through a combination of numerous hours of education and leadership in various professional and civic organizations, the association said in a press release.

This statewide certification program began in 1997 in conjunction with NYS Association of City and Village Clerks. The program aids municipal clerks in improving job performance and recognizes professionalism. Qualifications of applicants are reviewed and approved by the NYS Towns Clerks Certification Committee.

USDA starts new dairy subsidy program

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency closes enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage program Sept. 20. The agency has started issuing payments to producers who purchased coverage, according to a news release.

Authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill, DMC replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy, the agency said. DMC offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. Nearly 10,000 operations have signed up for the program. FSA has paid approximately $100 million to producers so far for January through May.

“Times have been especially tough for dairy farmers, and while we hope producers’ margins will increase, the Dairy Margin Coverage program is providing support at a critical time for many in the industry,” said Bill Northey, USDA under secretary for farm production and conservation.

For more information, visit farmers.gov or contact your local USDA service center. To locate a FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-locator.

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