Saturday, January 30, 2016

Lady Badgers at home.

Farm Loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden last week announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property.

These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations.
“Many producers, especially new and underserved farmers, tell us that access to land is one of the biggest challenges they face in establishing and growing their own farming operation,” said Harden. “USDA is making it easier for new farmers to hit the ground running and get access to the land that they need to establish their farms or improve their property.”

The microloan program, which celebrates its third anniversary this week, has been hugely successful, providing more than 16,800 low-interest loans, totaling over $373 million to producers across the country. Microloans have helped farmers and ranchers with operating costs, such as feed, fertilizer, tools, fencing, equipment, and living expenses since 2013. Seventy percent of loans have gone to new farmers.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Badger Boys Basketball in Peyton

Lady Badgers in Peyton

Ports to Plains update

Roadside Services Impacts of Ports-to-Plains

As you drive the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Corridors, one of the obvious economic impacts of the increasing traffic counts is an increase in the number of roadside services.  You will see an increase in the number of truck stops, c-stores, lodging and restaurants – each the result of increased travel along the corridor.

In such a long corridor, it is nearly impossible to summarize that increase, but the 2004 Ports-to-Plains Corridor Development and Management Plan (CDMP) used modeling to provide an estimated economic impact of the expansion of highways along the Ports-to Plains Corridor in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado. 

The CDMP evaluated lodging, food, gasoline, diesel and other retail purchases driven by the increased travelers.  The CDMP found that the improved road will attract more travelers, increasing the spending at roadside establishments.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Local youth group

The Zion Lutheran Youth Group traveled to downtown Denver to serve a meal to those in need at Saint Paul Lutheran and Roman Catholic Church. They also delivered warm socks, mittens and hats that had been donated by the very generous Limon and surrounding communities,and had been dropped off at Hoffman Drug. The other stop they made was to the Metro Caring Food Pantry where they toured the facility.  What an enlightening experience for all of the youth in attendance and the adults as well! Thank you to Pastor Wascher for planning such an event!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bookmobile Winter/Spring Schedule 2016

Tuesdays: Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and 16, March 8 and 22, April 5 and 19, May 3 and 17,
Day care by Terri 9:20-9:35 a.m.
LCDC 9:45-10:30 a.m.
Carla’s Northeast Campus 1:30-1:55 p.m.
Limon Housing Authority 2-2:20 p.m.
Carla’s Cluster Care 2:45-3 p.m.
Cheryl’s Daycare 3:05-3:20 p.m.

Wednesdays: Jan. 20, Feb. 3 and 17, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18
Punkin Center 9:15-9:45 a.m.
Karval School 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Genoa-Hugo School 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Lincoln County Care Center 3:35-3:34 p.m.
Hugo Library/Senior Center 3:50-4 p.m.
Lincoln Park Living Center 4:05-4:15 p.m.

Thursdays: Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and 18, March 10 and 24, April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19
Arriba 9:45-11:30 a.m.
Leisure Pines 11:35 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Genoa Community Church 12:10-1 p.m. Only March 10 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Badger Ball

Local Bank hosts open house

The Eastern Colorado Bank hosting two Open Houses
before moving to downtown Limon

 The Limon branch of The Eastern Colorado Bank, 580 V Ave., will move downtown, to 790 Main Street, on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.

The Eastern Colorado Bank has purchased the First National Denver Limon branch, to offer improved services in a larger and better facility, with a centralized location.

In order to provide an opportunity for new and existing customers to learn about the transition or visit the new location, The Eastern Colorado Bank will host two Open Houses, from 5:30-7:30 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and from 10:00 am-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 790 Main Street.

Invitations with more details of these events were mailed to customers of both banks this week.
During the Open Houses, current customers of First National Denver will receive
a Conversion Kit, which includes complimentary checks with The Eastern Colorado Bank name, a new VISA® Check Card, a new Account Guide, an Account Disclosure and a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Customers of The Eastern Colorado Bank are also invited to attend, to see the new location and meet the new employees.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Lincoln County Stockman’s Association

2015 Stockman of Year

Joanne Beotger

Joanne Boetger has been involved in the Stockman’s, Cattlewomen, and a 4-H leader for over 50 years. She has been Colorado Master Farmer Homemaker, Singles in Agriculture member and Lincoln County Cattle Women President since 2007. She has also served as Vice President and Secretary. She promotes good nutrition and herd health. Joanne always tries to educate and encourage youth to be involved in livestock production. Joanne has be a sole to educate and encourage youth to be involved in livestock production. Joanne has be a sole female owner/operator for 20 year. It is our privilege to recognize Joanne Beotger for all she has contributed to the Lincoln County Community.

Congratulations to Joanne Boetger for being selected as the 2015 Lincoln County Stockman of the Year.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Meat Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Huisken Meat Company, a Sauk Rapids, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 89,568 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous wood materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Monday, Jan. 4.

The Sam’s Choice Black Angus Vidalia Onion items were produced on various dates between Nov. 19, 2015, and Dec. 9, 2015. The following products are subject to recall:
Two-pound boxes containing six pieces of “Sam’s Choice Black Angus Beef Patties with 19 percent Vidalia ® Onion.” with Use By dates 05/17/2016; 05/29/2016; and 06/06/2016.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 394A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The foreign material originated with an incoming ingredient and was discovered during production.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. 

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Donation to MCC

Morgan Community College (MCC) is proud to announce the donation of $10,000 to the Morgan Community College Foundation from FMS Bank.

The funding will be used to support MCC’s Business Partnership Program to further the recruitment of new students and support the economic development of northeastern Colorado.

  •  Pictured are MCC Grant Writer Susan Spears, MCC President Dr. Kerry Hart, FMS Bank President John Sneed, MCC Director of Development Kari Linker, and MCC Adjunct Faculty member Jon Becker.
“It is a great pleasure to be working with FMS Bank on the Small Business Entrepreneurship Program. We are proud to have FMS Bank a part of this strategic partnership,” shared Kari Linker, Director of Development for the MCC Foundation.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Cattlemen praise incentive

Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), praised a bipartisan congressional vote that makes a federal tax incentive supporting land conservation permanent.

Farmers, ranchers and the public will directly benefit from the incentive that encourages landowners to place a conservation easement on their land to protect important agricultural, natural, scenic and historic resources. CCALT was among the 1,100 land trusts to support the incentive through a collaborative, multi-year campaign.

“Conservation is a great American value that helps ensure the long-term prosperity of our great nation,” said Erik Glenn, CCALT executive director. “The action taken by Congress last week to make permanent the enhanced conservation easement tax incentive will provide environmental, economic and health benefits to all Coloradans as well as future generations.”

CCALT is a member of the Land Trust Alliance, the national land conservation organization that led the campaign for permanence.

“The importance of this vote – and this incentive – cannot be overstated,” said Rand Wentworth, the Alliance’s president. “This is the single greatest legislative action in decades to support land conservation. It states, unequivocally, that we as a nation treasure our lands and must conserve their many benefits for all future generations.”

Friday, January 1, 2016

Ports‐to‐Plains: North America’s Energy Corridor

The Ports‐to‐Plains Alliance tagline says “Securing the Benefits of Commerce to North America’s Energy & Agricultural Heartland.” The highway system connects a region that includes significant conventional and renewable resources. Energy security is provided by North America’s energy development and the Ports‐to‐Plains provides the connections needed to development those resources including world class oil, gas and wind resources.

From an oil and gas viewpoint it connects Alberta, Canada and Texas, both the production and reserve leaders in the world. The highway system moves the people and equipment needed to develop these resources. The Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada; the Bakken in North Dakota, Montana, Saskatchewan and South Dakota; the Niobrara in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska; and the Barnett and Permian in Texas; and the Eagle Ford in Texas and Coahuila, Mexico are connected by the Ports‐to‐Plains Corridor. The Corridor provides the connection between the Houston, Denver and Calgary. To summarize the oil and gas role of the region:
Renewable wind resources are also abundant throughout the region.

Seven of top 10 and eight of the top 15 oil producing states, producing over 1.667 billion barrels annually in 2015.