NewsAugust 16 2017

Producers eligible assistance to deal with drought conditions

Posted by Lucy

Producers eligible assistance to deal with drought conditions

Emergency funding options are available to Lyman County producers to help deal with severe drought conditions of 2017. Recent information from Farm Service Agency (FSA) include the following:

Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)
    ECP provides emergency funding for farmers and ranchers to implement emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought.
    This would include permanent and temporary pipelines and tanks. Producers with pasture or grazing land physically located in Lyman County who have experienced severe drought conditions requiring assistance to provide emergency water should contact the Lyman County FSA Office before starting any practice.
    Adequate watering facilities must have existed prior to drought. Sign-up ends September 11.
ELAP Covers Losses from Additional Cost of Transporting Water to Livestock
   Assistance is available to Lyman County livestock producers through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for producers who have incurred additional operating costs for transporting water to livestock due to an eligible drought.
   An eligible drought means that part or all of a county
is designated D3 (extreme drought) or higher as indicated by the U.S. Drought Monitor (www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu). Producers must file a notice of loss on form CCC-851 the earlier of 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent to the producer, or by November 1, 2017. Additionally, the deadline to submit an application for payment for 2017 ELAP assistance is November 1, 2017.
   To qualify for ELAP, eligible livestock must be: adult or non-adult dairy cattle, beef cattle, buffalo and beefalo, as well as elk, equine, goats, or sheep.

   Additionally, the livestock must have been owned 60 calendar days prior to the beginning of the drought and be physically located in the county designated as a disaster area due to drought. Adequate livestock watering systems or facilities must have existed before the drought occurred and producers are only eligible if they do not normally transport water to the livestock.

   Livestock that were or would have been in a feedlot are not eligible for transporting water. ELAP covers the additional cost of transporting water and does not cover the cost of the water itself.

   Producers will have to provide documentation to FSA that shows the method used to transport the water, the number of gallons of water transported and the number of eligible livestock to which water was transported.

Livestock producers should contact FSA to make an appointment to sign up for ELAP and to learn more about eligibility, application and documentation requirements


Livestock Forage Losses
    Producers with Lyman County land are eligible to apply for 2017 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) grazing benefits on small grain, native pasture, improved pasture, annual ryegrass, forage sorghum.
LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffer grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately owned or cash leased land.
   Livestock eligible for LFP include beef cattle, buffalo, elk, equine, goats and sheep that are grazing or would have been grazing during the normal grazing period. Livestock must have been owned 60 days prior to the D3 designation on July 25, 2017. Livestock kept for show or roping are ineligible.
   Eligible land must be owned, cash rented or leased by the Animal Unit Month Basis. Pasture agreements based on rate of gain, cost by head, per day or month are ineligible to use for LFP.
   Eligible livestock producers must complete a CCC-853 and the required supporting documentation no later than January 30, 2018 for 2017 losses. Additional Information about LFP is available at your local FSA office or online at: www.fsa.usda.gov

NewsAugust 09 2017

Summer Art Camp held in Presho

Posted by Lucy

Summer Art Camp held in Presho

The first annual Art Camp was held this summer. Over 50 area youth grades K-5 participated in the camp. Hands-on activities included working with clay, painting a picture, making nail art pictures, creating concrete stepping stones, and more. Luke Campbell painted a mural on the entry wall into Presho High School during the art camp. Each child painted a yellow circle onto the mural that was later turned into sunflowers.

NewsAugust 09 2017

Not just a thrift store

Posted by Lucy

Not just a thrift store 
 
Angela Eves/lch
 
   Thrift Store and More is a valuable asset to our community. Not only do they sell gently used items, but they host and sponsor many community events and activities throughout the year. 
   Over the summer the Thrift Store and More has been making updates to the building which have included some painting and they are currently looking into replacing carpet in a couple of the rooms. New racks and display cases have been added and many of the areas have been reorganized. 
   Their annual picnic was another success this year with approximately 70 community members attending. BBQ sandwiches, chips, salads, and deserts were served during a nice summer afternoon. 
   The events sponsored this summer include the first annual Summer Art Camp, the Kennebec Youth Rodeo, 4-H trophies, and youth baseball and softball. They also paid the cost of the swimming lessons at the Presho City Pool. Over 150 area youth took lessons this summer at the pool. 
   During RASDak, the Thrift Store and More served root beer floats, treats, and drinks at the gym during the Bike Rodeo and to the arriving bikers as they came into town. 
   The annual backpack program will take place Aug. 10-12 during normal business hours. This program is designed to help with the cost of purchasing new school supplies. A large selection of school supplies are available to families with school age children at no cost to the family. They will be open during the school open house Wednesday, August 16 from 5 – 7 pm. 
   The next large event that the Thrift Store is busy preparing for is the annual Kids Shopping Day. This event allows youth ages 12 and under to Christmas shop for family members. Each child receives a $10 gift certificate to purchase items at no cost to them. Not only does it help the child shop for family members but it is a great opportunity to learn basic budgeting skills. 
   The Thrift Store is always looking for volunteers ages 16 and older that would like to help sort incoming items or help with keeping the store clean. This can be a great opportunity for high schoolers to earn community service hours, which greatly help in obtaining college scholarships. If interested in volunteering please call Lois Comp at 895-2451.  

NewsAugust 02 2017

Stop signs added to crossings

Posted by Lucy

Stop signs added to crossings 
 
Several new stop signs have recently been installed near the railroad tracks in Lyman County communities in an effort to make crossings more safe. This sign at Reliance, on the east side of town (6th Avenue), indicates motorist need to stop before crossing the tracks. A large outcrop of trees on the east side of the street could prevent drivers from seeing an oncoming train.
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