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New county committee election ballots to be mailed FSA Update 12-4-13

Posted December 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm

The County Committee Election ballots that were mailed to producers on Nov. 4 were incorrectly printed with the producer’s name and address on the back of the ballot. County committee elections must use a secret ballot so the misprinted ballots cannot be used. Please destroy or recycle the misprinted ballot. If you have already voted, your ballot will be destroyed unopened.

New ballots will be mailed to producers on December 20, 2013. These ballots will indicate that they are the corrected ballot in several places, including on the outside of the mailing, on the ballot and on the outside of the return envelope.

The corrected ballot must be returned to the Hand County FSA Office or postmarked by January 17, 2014.

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    September deadline reminder FSA Update 9-18-13

    September deadline reminder

    USDA South Dakota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Craig Schaunaman reminds producers of two important Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) deadlines this month.

    Producers who have either not yet enrolled in DCP or have not yet signed their DCP contracts must do so by close of business Monday, Sept.16, 2013.  Contracts filed after this date will be elevated from the county office to the state office and will require State Committee action.

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    Waterfowl, migratory bird seasons open

    It’s hard to believe it’s already September and some hunting seasons opened up and others are right around the corner. The September goose season opened up on the first for Unit 1, which includes all of Hand County and most of Hyde County. The daily limit of Canada geese is 15 from September 1 through September 30 and the daily limit is eight from October 1 through December 16. The possession limit is now three times the daily limit instead of two times the daily limit as in past years. Shooting hours are one-half

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    German ag student experiences S.D. agriculture

    Florian Otte is a student of Applied Sciences in Agriculture at Bielefeld University in Germany. However, this summer he is in South Dakota as an IFYE (International Four-H Youth Exchange). During this first trip outside Europe, he has studied cattle ranching outside Buffalo, S.D. and hog farming in St. Lawrence S.D.

    Florian heard about the IFYE program from another German student who was in Nebraska, and who encouraged him to apply to come to the USA to study agriculture. He

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    Cheryl’s Catering selected as Dakota Rising Fellow

    Owners of nine businesses from three Dakota Rising Sites have been selected as the 2013 Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellows. Administered by Dakota Resources, Dakota Rising cultivates rural entrepreneurs dedicated to growing themselves, their businesses and the greater community, by connecting them to a system of support resulting in a culture of confidence that strengthens South Dakota’s economic base.

    Each Dakota Rising Fellow is awarded a $10,000 grant to be used for professional and business development, a grant made possible through support from the Governor’s Office of Economic

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    Neu returns home with DVM

    Ruth A. Moller|The Miller Press
    NEW TO MILLER VET CLINIC is Dr. Gina Neu, with her dog, Lena.

    Following her graduation this spring from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Gina Neu has joined Drs. Eric Knock and Heather Mitchell at Miller Veterinary Clinic.

    Neu, from Rockham, is a 2004 graduate of Miller High School, and graduated from South Dakota State University in 2008.

    During her fourth year

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    Hand/Hyde County FSA News

    ACREAGE REPORTING

    It is time again to report your planted acres to the FSA Office. This also includes all grass hay or pasture acres as well. If you have finished planting please call our office for an appointment.  Deadline to report acres is July 15, 2013.  Contact the Hand County FSA Office for an appointment or if you have any questions at 853-2410.

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    USDA Rural Development participates in hospital blessing

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    FATHER CHESTER MURTHA, St. Ann Catholic Church, Miller, bestowed a blessing on Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital and related facilities, and its staff, on July 19. He cited the mission of healing, and bringing comfort to body, mind and spirit, and said the newly-added chapel is another aspect of aiding the healing process. Hospital administrator Bryan Breitling gave an overview of the renovation/expansion project’s timeline, and said, even in the midst of construction, high-quality care continued to be consistently provided. In addition to hospital-clinic staff, others present for the blessing were representatives

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    Local Farm Bureau announces awards

    The Hand/Hyde County Farm Bureau board has announced this year’s scholarship recipients. The applicants or their parents must be members of the Hand/Hyde County Farm Bureau organization. Recipients are Allison Olson, Tracy Hague and Bailey Kusser from Highmore; Wyatt Strasburg and Kodee Beckett from Miller; and Erika Roeber from Tulare.

    The board also announces that they, along with Deborah Rinehart, Farm Bureau Financial Services agent in Highmore, applied for and has been awarded

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    Application deadline is May 31 for GRP signup

    Private lands that are part of a grazing operation in: McPherson, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Jerauld, Campbell, Walworth, Potter, Sully, Hughes, Hyde, Buffalo, Brule, and Aurora Counties may be eligible for permanent easements through the Grasslands Reserve Program (GRP). Funds are currently available for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Funding is available for both rental contracts and easements.

    The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary conservation program that emphasizes support for working grazing operations, enhancement of plant and animal biodiversity, and protection of grassland under threat of conversion to

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