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6 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, August 7, 2003 FARM SERVICE ELECTION The West Virginia State Farm Service Agency an- nounces the acceptance of nomination for positions on the county committee beginning August 1. Stabilizing farm income, helping farmers conserve land and water resources, providing credit to new or disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and helping farm operations re- cover from the effects of disas- ter are the missions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA). FSA was set up when the De- partment was reorganized in 1994, incorporating programs from several agencies, including the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, the Federal Crop Insurance Corpo- ration (now a separate Risk Management Agency), and the Farmers Home Administration. Though its name has changed over the years, the Agency's re- lationship with farmers goes to the 1930s. At that time, Congress set up a unique system under which Federal farm programs are ad- ministered locally. Farmers who are eligible to participate in these programs elect a three-to- five-person county committee, which reviews county office op- erations and makes decisions on how to apply the programs. This grassroots approach gives farm- ers a much needed say in how Federal actions affect their com- munities and their individual operations. After more than 60 years, it remains a cornerstone of the Farm Service Agenw's ef- forts to preserve and promote American agriculture. The Farm Service Agency will accept nominations at local FSA offices beginning August 1 for available positions on the county committees throughout the state. The deadline to sub- mit the nomination form is Sep- tember 5. Voting by the farmers within the designated area will be held later this year and the results will be announced in early 2004. Women and minori- ties involved in farming are en- couraged to apply. Locally contact the Jefferson County FSA at 209 E. Third Avenue, Ranson, WV 25438-1642, (304) 725-3471, ext. 2. Give the United Way NEW GRASSLAND RESERVE PROGRAM The U.S. Department of Ag- riculture announced a new pro- gram to help landowners conserve grasslands through easements and long-term agreements to preserve and protect the ecological benefits of eligible lands. The Grassland Reserve Pro- gram will protect up to two mil- lion acres of privately owned grassland, rangeland and pastureland in the nation. Ap- plications are being accepted at USDA service centers. The program will offer several enrollment options: permanent easements, 30-year easements, rental agreements (in 10-, 15-, 20-, or 30-year duration) and res- toration agreements. For permanent easements, participants will receive a pay- ment based on the fair market value of property less the graz- ing value. For 30-year ease- ments, the payment will equal 30 percent of what would be paid for a permanent easement. For rental agreements, the pay- ment will be 75 percent of the grazing value in annual pay- ments for the length of the agreement. Grasslands contribute to lo- cal economies, provide for bio- logical diversity, and play a key role in environmental quality. This program is important be- cause each year large expanses of grasslands are converted to other land uses, such as cropland and urban development. This volun- tary program will help protect grasslands and thereby help en- sure this resource is available for future generations. The program is funded at $49.9 million for fiscal year 2003. Applications will be ac- cepted on a continuous basis, and if funding is exhausted, eli- gible applicants will remain on file until additional funding be- comes available. To participate in GRP, offers must be private land that in- cludes at least 40 contiguous acres. Waivers may be granted for smaller acres. Additional eligibility criteria apply. For information on the Grassland Reserve Program in Jefferson County, producers should contact the USDA ser- vice center at 209 E. Third Av- enue, Ranson, WV 25428 or phone (304) 725-3471. uunn's Kelly Bohrer 304-263-695t kellyb.~i'valleyfc.com Everybody's Winning ........... 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"The white flowering dog- woods will add year-round beauty to your home and neigh- borhood," John Rosenow, the Foundation's president, said. "Dogwoods have showy spring flowers, scarlet autunm foliage, and red berries which attract songbirds all winter." The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between October 15 and December 10 with enclosed planting instructions. The six to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Members also receive a sub- scription to the Foundation's colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Dab,, and The Tree Book with information about tree planting and care. To receive the free trees. senda $10 membership contri- bution to Ten Dogwoods, Na- tional Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by August 31. IIIII I ~: offer a wide varie~ of items from the most popular vendors for preschool through secondary grade levels. 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