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The Clarendon Enterprise * November 15, 2007 NEv,8 TEMPLE - The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas is reminding agricultural producers interested in participating in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) that the deadline to apply for 2008 funding is November 16, 2007. "We want to be sure producers are aware of the Nov. 16 ranking deadline," said Don Gohmert, NRCS state conservationist for Texas. "EQIP funds have been made avail- able to us to fund contracts this fall, and we will be working diligently to Beef producers get help from CD COLLEGE STATION - Texas Cooperative Extension has devel- oped an interactive CD-ROM to help beef cattle producers manage their herd's health. The program was developed by Wayne Thompson, Extension agent for agriculture in Harris County. It was based on the herd management practices and educational programs presented by Dr. Floran "Buddy" Faries, Extension program leader for veterinary medicine. "This program will help pro- ducers select and schedule month- by-month health and production management practices," Faries said. "The calendar helps them to do the right thi! ng at the right time." The CD-ROM includes an interactive calendar that allows the beef producer to generate a manage- ment schedule to fit the length of hi.s calving season and the month it begins. "A livestock producer should not manage herd health according to a calendar year or the coincidence of vacations when family members congregate," Thompson said. "This program presents a check list of management tasks based on the first month of calving - a point in time that is typically not January." The interface of the application was developed to be user-friendly and accessible to even the novice c.omputer user, he said. The CD-ROM also has dem- onstration videos for each activity, as well as a complete library of publications. Faries said, "The video dem- onstrations of health and produc- tion management practices help the producer do the right thing the right way" Ultimately consumers will benefit from producers using the CD-ROM, Faries said. "Proven management practices assures there will be an adequate supply of safe, wholesome beef," he said. "Also, various herd health man- agement practices are also bio-secu- rity practices and help prevent the entry of diseases, whether endemic or foreign." Extension agents for agriculture throughout the state are presenting the information in beef manage- ment workshops this year, where the CD-ROM will be available for $98. Producers should contact the Extension office in their county for information. The CD-ROM can also be ordered through Extension's online bookstore at Text to be Linked, pub- lication number SP-289. Shop At Home Support the merchants who support your community. All-In-One 30% Supplement for Cattle Brangus Bulls & Heifers For Sale DANNY ASKEW 874-5001 or 874-3844 STOCKS. BONDS. CD.* MUTUAL FUNDS-IRAs Kent Bowen Investment Representative $600 Bell Ave. Ste 109 806-354-2665 e. ~ . m ~.~.= ~. N= --dJonei MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING line rawln do that. in central Texas; Irrigation efficiency "However, producers shouldpractices in central, south, and west know that if they miss this deadline, Texas; Waste management and air sign-up is a continuous process and quality practices for beef, dairy, there will most likely be subsequent poultry, and swine animal feed- near ranking periods before Dec. 31 unless a new Farm Bill is passed," Gohmert said. Funds have been provided to each county to meet the primary natural resource concerns identified at the local level. NRCS has also set aside funds for statewide resource concerns, which include: Brush management in five areas, primarily ing operations; Habitat emphasis areas across Texas; Management of Chinese Tallow and Salt Cedar; Conservation practices in an 18- county area in south central Texas; and Reestablishment of forest in an 18-county area in east Texas. EQIP promotes agricultural environmental quality and produc- tion. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers receive financial and tech- nical assistance to help install con- servation practices and to implement management systems that promote conservation. Financial assistance is generally at about a 50:50 ratio; technical assistance is provided at 100 percent NRCS cost. To sign up for EQIP or to get more information, contact the NRCS office in Clarendon at 321 S Sully or call 806-874-3561 ext. 3. You can also get information about Texas NRCS conservation programs at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov. USDA to Report Market Gains on I Producers who have repaid a market gain on a Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) loan with cash or commodity certificates in exchange for outstand- ing loan collateral will now have their market gains reported to the IRS on Form 1099-G, according to Bruce Ferguson, Executive Director for the Donley County Farm Service Agency (FSA), Similarly, beginning January 1, 2008, cotton RS Form 1099-G producers who apply storage credit to the repayment of a CCC loan will also receive an IRS Form 1099:G from FSA. Producers who have questions about bow report- ing market gains will affect their taxes should contact a tax advisor or visit the IRS website on Repayment of Commodity Credit Corporation Loans at http: //www.irs.gov/irb/2007-33 IRB/ar07 .html. 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