Producers are encouraged to sign-up for Cost Share

Posted February 15, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Funds are available this spring for producers in Northeast Plymouth County to demonstrate voluntary water quality improvement efforts in the Deep Creek Watershed.

This current grant is set to expire on June 30, 2017, with efforts for a new grant to be placed for an additional three years. Funds are available through the demonstration project for No-Till, Subsurface P-Placement (P-Band) and terraces.

In addition, there are funds available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Applications can be submitted throughout the year, however, they are only allocated once a year; this year the deadline is March 17, 2017.

This RCPP program typically pays more, but is used for more permanent practices. Some of the conservation practices that are being paid through this

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    Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators offered March 1 at Le Mars

    Plymouth County will offer the Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, March 1.

    The program can be seen at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) team.

    The local attendance site is the Le Mars Convention Center located at 251 12th St. SE in Le Mars.

    Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from

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    Iowa Arts Council sets May 1 grant application deadline

    A new round of Iowa Arts Council grant programs opens this spring, and artists, nonprofit organizations, communities, tribal councils and schools are encouraged to apply online by May 1, 2017.

    The Iowa Arts Council strives to create opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa by nurturing cultural leadership and investing in projects that provide access to creative experiences in communities and public spaces throughout Iowa. Last year, the Iowa Arts Council invested nearly $1.6 million through 232 grants to arts and culture projects in 545

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    Western Iowa Experimental Farm Annual Ag Day is set for Feb. 24

    The public is invited to the 71st Annual Meeting of the Western Iowa Experimental Farm Association on Friday, Feb. 24.

    The meeting will be held in the Zimmerman meeting room at the Association Farm near Castana, with the agriculture program beginning at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided following the meeting.

    The program will include a summary of activities at the farm in 2016, and On-Farm and ISU Research Corn Fungicide Research Summary Data between 2010 – 2016, plus

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    Area Vietnam War veterans invited to receive Presidential honors

    It’s a well-known fact that soldiers returning home after serving in the Vietnam War were mistreated by their fellow Americans.

    Union and Lincoln Counties Veterans Service Officer Susan Irons is working to rectify that mistake.

    Irons will present Presidential Certificates and lapel pins to Vietnam War veterans who served on active duty from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 at a special ceremony.

    On

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    Foot Care Clinic set for Feb. 14

    Nathanael Parish Health Ministry is offering foot care at Nathanael Lutheran, Tuesday, Feb. 14.

    Anyone needing foot care is welcome to come.

    Professional screening, assessment, education, and foot care treatment will be provided by Faith Kinkner, RN, who is trained and certified in foot care.

    Treatment includes toenails clipped and filed, electric grinding of thick nails, corns; and calluses buffed, plus blood pressure. The cost is $25.

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    Pheasants Forever

    to host ‘Phun Fest’ for youth

    Plymouth County Pheasants Forever will be hosting PHUN FEST, a youth event on Feb. 11 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Century Hall in the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.

    Youth are invited, along with their adults, to try out a variety of games and outdoor recreational activities such as archery, shooting rifles, casting for fish, and making bird feeders.

    Kids will

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    Central Valley Ag and Farmway: formal study for merger

    The Board of Directors for both Central Valley Ag (CVA) and Farmway Co-op, Inc. (Farmway) have each voted unanimously to begin a formal study regarding the possibility of merging the two cooperatives. This study will be considered and reviewed by both cooperatives to determine if consolidation and merger would be beneficial to the members of both cooperatives.

    “Increasing and improving the value to the members of Farmway and CVA is our primary focus,” said Dave Beckman, Chairman of the Board for Central Valley Ag. “This study

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    S.D. Legislative Report

    By District 16 Rep. Kevin Jensen

    The 92nd session of the South Dakota State Legislature is well under way, with two weeks now behind us. I am serving on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee as well as the Judiciary Committee so many of my weekly updates in the future will focus on those areas. The first week saw a few bills submitted by committees and state departments but the most memorable moments were the major addresses.

    The governor opened

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    The Anderson Report By Iowa Senator Bill Anderson

    Veterans Day at the Capitol

    Wednesday (Jan. 18) was a special day at the Statehouse as we celebrated Veteran’s Day at the Capitol. It was truly an honor to pay tribute to these true American heroes who defended the very freedoms we cherish. Every one of us has someone we know in our communities or are related to who served in the military. As an American, I am committed to supporting our troops – both past and present. Seeing some of our Korean and Vietnam War veterans

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