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REAP office open June 19 Dena Beck, central and southwest Nebraska Business, Specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project will hold office hours in McCook on June 19th. Hours will be lo a.m. iu~ltil2:45 p.m. McCook Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) will' handle the appointments; (308) 345-1200. MEM: office is located at 301 Norris Avenue, Suite 200. The Center for Rural Af-

hks' Rural Enterprise Assis- based, farm-based, start-up,

hue Project (REAP) and its and store-front businesses. services are available to rural co~n~nunitiesacross Nebraska. MAP offers technical assistance, educational and networking opportunities, and a loan program for small businesses. REAP is designed to assist all types of small businesses, including businesses with 5 or fewer employees, self-employed full-time, part-time, home-

REAP has six regionally based Business Specialists across Nebraska. These Business Specialists call get involved in assisting entrepreneurs at various stages of their business progress.

MEDC is pleased to partner with REAP in order to offer an expanded list of services to businesses of all sizes.

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Wednesday, June 10,2009 LE SUEUR, MN 2,070 (1 5) Newspaper (W) 6C Center For Rural Affairs

EQIP funds deadline extended A two week extension has been announced for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) organic incentives program. Farmers transitioning to organic fanning and those already conducting organic practices have an opportunity to apply for EQIP money to assist their organic efforts. Originally the sign up was to last until Friday, May 29, but has been extended until June 12. The USDA announced that $50 million out of 61 billion EQTP funds will be set aside for farms converting to organic production or expanding their organic production. Those with existing organic farms who desire to reach even higher levels of environmental performance

are also eligible. Farmers can receive compensation for six core conservation practices (conscrvation crop rotation, cover cropping, integrated pest management, nutrient management. rotationd grazing. and forage harvest management) under the p r o w . These are available on a nationwide basis. Fanners who want to apply for these h d s should visit their local District County Natural Resource Conservation Service office. Farmers can call their State office to find out iftheir State has extended the application deadline. For State ofice contact information click on this link. If a State has not extended the application deadline, it is recom-

mended to encourage them to do so. 'This is a very busy time for farmers and it's unfortunate that there is such a small window to sign up for the program, but hopefully the extension allows more farme n to find time to apply," commented Traci Bruckncr, According to Bruckner. the Center for Rural Affairs is assisting producers as much as possible during this short application window. The Center is operating a Farm Bill Helpline wherc producers can call in and receive assistance in accessing new conservation programs likc thc EQIP organic initiative.

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Report exaMnes the alarming deficiencies of the mental health care system in rural America Mental Health: Overlooked and Disregarded in Rural America. " According to Preston, Rural +arch Assistant for the Center for Rural Affairs, rural Americans remain undeserved in terms 'of mental health. ' care providers and health insurance coverage for mental health services despite the fact rural Americans suffer just as much from mental illness. "This report further demonstrates that rural America's economic dependence on small business and self-em loyrnent calls for hea th care reform that includes an affordable, meaningful public health insurance option. And that any such reform should also ensure that all Americans, m a l and urban, have reasonable access to quality ,mental health care," Pre-

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ston added. The Center for Rural Affairs, in collaboiation with Dr. Dianne Travers Gustafson, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, recently undertook the task of evaluating rural Americans ,access to crucial mental health care services. This is the fourth in a series' of Center for Rural Affairs reports examining crucial health care issues in m a l America. Previous' re rts can be found on the E n t page of the Center's' website (www.cfra.org). A full copy of the report can be viewed and downloaded at http://files.cfra.org/pdYMe ntal-Health-Overlookedand-Disregarded-in-RuralAmerica.pdf Crucial Findings: Depression Major depression rates in s o m rural, areas significantly exceed those in urban areas. Teens and older adults in rural areas. have significantly higher suicide rates than their urban counterparts. Stress - Stress is associated with

increased mental health B disorders and rural people experience stress with cyclical farm crises, natural disasters and social isolation: Barriers of Availability. - More than 85 percent of the 1,669 federally desig-@ nated mental health pro-! fessional shortage areas are nual. Lack of Accessibility - Only in rural, America did the National Advisory Committee on $ Rural Health (1993) find, entire counties with no practicing psychiatrists, psychologists, or social workers. Social Stigma The social stigma attached to mental health problems â‚Ź in $ombination with a general lack of anonymity in many small communities leads some people to forego treatment. Lack of affordable, meaningful health insurance coverage - Rural Americans are less likely than urban Americans to have health insurance that covers mental or behavioral health services. I k

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JOURNAL FALLS CITY, Nebraska

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Organic farm tour on June 15 Dave and Deb Welsch of West Blue Farm, located near Milford, NE, will host a farm tour on Monday, June 15, at 2 p.m. The tour will begin with a look at the planting and cultivating equipment, followed by a field demonstration. After viewing the organic crop rotation the tour will take a pasture walk to look at the rotational grazing and cowlcalf herd. The tour will conclude with a look at the chicken operation and a light meal around 4:30 p.m. RSVP's to Dave at 402-826-5361 or dwclsch@wcs~hlucfam.com are appreciated. The West Blue Farm has been certified organic since 1993. They also participate in 'the Conservation Security Program, as well as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program - Organic Initiative. Both programs will be discussed during the tour. They have also been direct market-

ing chickens and beef for 20 years. The tour will begin at 2261 Rokeby Road. From Southeast Community College in Milford, follow the paved road 4 miles south and 1 mile east. From Crete go 3 miles west on Highway 33 to County Road 1900 then go north 5 miles to the West Blue Church. Go I mile north of the church to the first tour stop. This organic farm tour is being made possible through the cooperation of West Blue Farm, the Five Rivers Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. in Tecumseh, the Great Plains Resource Conservation and Develop ment, Inc. in David City, the for RucaLBffairs, the USDA - NRCS (an equal opportunity provider and employer) and through a grant from the Nebraska Envimmental Trust Fund.

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Co. Board hears road problems, again Burt County Board of Supervisors focused its discussion last week on highway projects throughout the county. Highway Superintendent Peggy Smith informed the board that she ha$ not received bids yet on installing a culvert hy Elm Creek School and Highway 1 18. Smith said tubes cost around $57 a foot. Nelson Construction has looked at the Highway 1 18 prcject and recommended replacing the current tube with a 90-foot tube to help alleviate problems. "I think the other thing that's important to me is the time clcment," said Supervisor Gcrald Newill. ''It has to be fixed beforc they go to school." Nelson Construction quoted the coun.~$1 a-yard for dirt to build up the road near Central Valley Ag for a total of $6,500. The county will be responsible for clearing off topsoil at the site and loading and hauling the new

dirt. The board acceptcd the dirt bid. Smith also overlay projects are estimated to cost $160,000 to $170,000 a mile for a three-inch overiay. The county has not decided to do any overlay projects at this time. In other business May 12, the county hoard: -Approved the county clerk report of fees and the clerk of the district court report of fees. -Transferred $100,000 from the general fund to the road fund. -Placed on file the Nebrriska Loess Hills newsletter and thc Center for Rural AffiriD: newslctter. -Reviewed an exemption application for Church of God the Father and instructed Assessor Joni Renshaw to get more information and advice from the county attorney before deciding on whether or not to grant it.

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