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PA' E In u'-" ..... May 19,KJ 2016 U [ h,I ........ ..................... i:i:ii:: .... ............... ........................ Kimball FFA leaders for 2016 are (front) Emi Wagner, Bailey Schiefelbein, Athena Capes; (back) Henry Meyer, Andrew Massmann, Jarrett Edwards, and Abbey Schiefelbein. Their specific offices for next year will be determined at this sum mer's retreat. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua. Available at FRENCH LAKE Women in Agriculture Quarterly Seminar University of Minnesota healthcare planning. He will dis- Extension and USDA Farm Service cuss transferring the farm to the Agency are hosting a Women in next generation and provide tools Agriculture Seminar Wednesday, and examples to help navigate the June 1, at the Willmar Regional process. Susan will speak about Extension Office (located on the MinnWest Technology Campus, 1802 18th St NE, Willmar, MN 56201). The focus of this quar- ter's seminar is farm transfer and estate planning. The day will give attendees the opportunity to learn and network with other women in agriculture in the region. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with the seminar convening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Primary presenters for the day include Gary Hachfeld, Extension Educator, and Susan Stokes, Attorney with the Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. Gary works in the areas of estate planning, farm transfers, and long-term ways to identify and work with potential successors. Registration is required for the conference by Friday, May 27. Please call or email Mary ]o Fox to RSVP at (320) 235-0726, ext 2001 or Cost for the program is $20. Payment can be made the day of the event via cash, check, or credit card. For more information regard- ing the seminar feel free to visit: For questions, please contact Betty Berning at bberning@umn. edu, Pauline Van Nurden at pvan-, or LindsayMutegi at Lindsay. mutegi@mn, : :i: ' ! i :.!i~iii!!i~::il i!i i~!il i~: ! :. ::~ i" :~ii! i:.~::.~!~ii~i!;i~:.: ,~,~: ~ ........... ~ ::::i::~i:~i~:i ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::::i~i~f~i~? : ~ . .... ~:~$~ ......... ~ ~'~%~ ~)~ Our goal in 2016 is to bring strong community awareness to local businesses and organizations, and the importance of doing business near home; in other words: "Shop Local." You'll be surprised to learn about our local businesses and how much they contribute to our communities! Owners: Fred Struzyk and Tom Opatz. Founded: Opened May 2012 (after purchasing the business from Paynes- ville Area Healthcare System). Employees: We currently have 93 full- and part-time employees. What do we do? Skilled nursing care, Assisted living, In-/Outpatient therapy, Rehabilitation care, Independent living, Adult daycare. What sets us apart? We focus on respect, Some of the many staff who work hard to keep our facility's 5-star rating for both our staff and our residents. dignity, safety, and quality of life for each person here. Our nursing staffis consistent and has high quality stan- dards for everyone. The Hilltop facility has been rated a 5 -star facility since we started in 2012! Who are our customers? Those who need short-term or long-term nursing care, in-patient or out-patient therapy, and those who choose assisted living apartments in our Gardenview facility. Community involvement: We support the community through the Chamber of Commerce and various events in Watkins, and we bring our residents to share in those events. We work with the Schools on their nursing programs, and support nursing education by providing scholarships. We support our staff in their pursuit of any advancement they choose in the nursing field. ~ ;: ~: : Contact info.: Tel. (320l 764-2300, web: www'hiUtphealthcc'cm" Serving up a spaghetti dinner Sunday, May 15, at the FFA awards banquet were, left to right, Athena Capes, Bailey Schiefelbein, Emi Wagner, and Abbey Schiefelbein. Thirty members and 46 guests attended the ceremonies. NRCS announces early EQIP sign up for FY 2017 funding Apply by Aug. 19, 2016 Agricultural producers look- ing to solve natural resource prob- lems on their farms will want to plan ahead and sign up early for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding. Cathee Pullman, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist in Minnesota, announced that farmers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) need to apply by Aug. 19, 2016, for funding in 2017. EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and techni- cal assistance to agricultural pro- ducers. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation prac- tices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, and related resources on agri- cultural land and non-industrial private forestland. "EQIP is just one tool for land- owners who want to apply conser- vation practices on the ground," said Pullman. "By working with the local NRCS offices, you can apply for NRCS programs which work best for your land." Applications for EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes appli- cation acceptance or submission deadline dates for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications. Contracts will be awarded to pro- ducers' with the highest rankings until funds are exhausted. To learn more about EQIP, con- tact your local NRCS field office ot visit the MN NRCS website. Conservation tour scheduled for June 15 The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be conducting a bus tour of conservation projects and practices Wednesday, June 15. The tour will allow participants to get a close look at a wide range of prac- tices that are being implemented for soil erosion control and pollu- tion abatement in both rural and urban Stearns County. "We are really opening up the tool box with this tour to show people what can be done to solve resource prob- lems on their land", said Dennis Fuchs, SWCD Administrator. Dennis said that the SWCD and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) completed sev- eral erosion control projects that resulted from the spring storms of 2012, 2013 and 2014. "We want to show farmers how to protect their land from these severe storm events that are becoming more and more common". He recalled the 4 inch in one hour deluge that slammed the St. Martin area on May 26, 2014. "When a storm like that hits around planting time it causes incredible damage from gully erosion, sedimentation, and flooding." One tour stop will be at a farm, located in the path of that storm, where a coordinated sys- tem of structural practices and CRP cover seeding were installed to fix the damage and prevent or minimize future erosion. In addition to the St. Martin project mentioned, participants will view a large streambank sta- bilization project on the Sauk River, storm water infiltration fea- tures in Stratford Addition in the City of Avon, a strip-till/no-till system near Albany, a Prescribed Grazing system near St. Martin, a gully control project near Richmond, and two feedlot run- off and manure management sys- tems on farms near St. Martin and Rockville. "This is a great oppor- tunity to see what our citizens are doing to prevent erosion, keep our waters clean, and maintain pro- ductive land," said Fuchs. Participants are asked to meet in the west parking lot at the Stearns County Service Center on County Highway 138 (west of Mills Fleet Farm) by 8:15 a.m. Please note that this is the Stearns County Service Center, NOT the USDA Service Center in Marketplace of Waite Park. The bus leaves the County Service Center at 8:30 a.m., and returns to the Service Center at about 4:45 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge, courtesy of AgStar Financial Services, ACA of Waite Park. The SWCD is ask- ing people to RSVP by calling (320) 251-7800, ext. 3 by June 8. For more information visit the SWCD web- site: