Crop assistance program offered
HADLEY — Farmers growing fruit trees and perennial crops have until Nov. 20 to apply for crop coverage under the Non-Insured Crop Assistance Program (NAP) offered by the federal Farm Service Agency.
NAP isn’t crop insurance, but it does resemble insurance by providing farmers with protection against weather-related crop losses. A NAP payment is triggered when a crop loss exceeds 50 percent of the producer’s historical crop yield.
Eligible crops grown in Hampshire County include asparagus, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, pears, rhubarb, strawberries, alfalfa, mixed hay and more.
The enrollment service fee is $250 per crop per county. Costs are capped at $750 per county, however farmers can enroll in as many NAP crops as they want for that price. Farmers growing fruit trees and perennial crops in multiple counties will not pay more than $750 per county and the service fee is capped at $1,875 for all counties. Limited resource producers may request a waiver of service fees.
For information call 585-1000, Ext. 2.
TechCavalry acquired by Easthampton firm
EASTHAMPTON — Innovative Business Systems has acquired TechCavalry of Northampton.
TechCavalry has moved into the Innovative Business Systems offices at 161 Northampton St., Easthampton. The business email addresses and phone numbers are unchanged — 586-7070 and 866-DATAFIX.
TechCavalry primarily serves the small office and home office market, while Innovative Business Systems serves upper small business and mid-market companies.
TechCavalry will be structured to service customers who do not wish to be under a service agreement, but instead wish to call as needed for on-demand IT services.
Meanwhile, Innovative Business Systems will continued to be structured to service clients who wish to engage via service agreement or statement of work where we will serve as their IT department, or their IT department’s best resource.
Nonprofit magazine prepares first issue
AMHERST — Volunteer staff at a new monthly nonprofit magazine focused on area art and politics are raising funds and plan to publish their first edition in November.
The Pioneer team is raising funds through kickstarter.com with a project titled “Publish Pioneer Magazine.” As of Friday the project had attracted 36 backers pledging $1,331 with five days to go to reach its $2,000 goal.
Started as a collaboration between Five College students, professors and area residents, Pioneer aims to upend traditional notions of community journalism with provocative ideas and analysis, according to a press release.
The staff includes editor Tori Zopf and managing editor Bob Darrow.
Pioneer will accept submissions in a wide range of genres and mediums, for publication both in print and online.
Girl Scouts seek
NORTHAMPTON — Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts is seeking people to serve on its board of directors. This is a two-year term commitment beginning in April.
A referral form can be found on the website www.yourtimewellspent.org. For information about the organization and duties of board members, contact GSCWM CEO Pattie Hallberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates need not have experience with the Girl Scouts to volunteer.
Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts serves more than 12,000 girls in kindergarten through Grade 12 with the support of nearly 6,000 adult volunteers in 186 communities.