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Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Reporting

Foreign investors, who buy, sell or hold a direct or indirect interest in U.S. agricultural land must report their holdings and transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  The reporting requirement became law in late 1978 when the President signed the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA).  The data gained from these disclosures will be utilized in the preparation of periodic reports to the President and Congress concerning the effect of such holdings upon family farms and rural communities

Failure to timely file an accurate report can result in a penalty with fines up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land.

Reporting is required by individuals who are not U.S. citizens, who are not lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence or who are not paroled into the U.S. under the Immigration and Nationality Act.   In addition, any organization created under the laws of a foreign government or which has located its principal place of business outside the U. S., or any U.S. organization in which a significant interest or substantial control is directly or indirectly held by foreign individuals, organizations or governments must also report.

Reports of land acquisition or sale must be reported within 90 days of the date of transaction.  Persons required to file a report can obtain the report form (FSA-153) from any Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Office.  The form is available in both English and Spanish translation.  Although the FSA-153 report can be obtained at any FSA county office, once it is completed it must be returned to the FSA county office where the land is located for program administrative purposes.

Contact your local FSA County Office, or log onto for additional information or assistance. In Valentine, call 402-376-1712 ext 2.


Let Freedom Ring Celebration

On Monday, July 4, members of the American Legion family will sponsor the national Let Freedom Ring ceremony by ringing bells in honor of The Signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Audience participation is required.

The ceremony will be held at the football field adjacent to the Badger Bell.  Little Miss Poppy Jenalee Garwood will lead the pledge. The first thirteen people to assemble will represent the original thirteen colonies and have the honor of ringing the Badger Bell to celebrate 240 years of independence.

We will read the Declaration of Independence aloud. We will ring the Valentine High School Badger Bell 13 times for the first 13 states. We will ring for all states represented in the audience. We will ring for each man and woman currently serving in the Armed Forces (that we know about) from the area; as we have done since 1999. We will invite everyone to help "ring out" for Independence for, or in memory of a Veteran from their family.

Special this year we will have a toast to freedom to celebrate 240 years, please join us.

The program will commence at the football field immediately following the parade (about 11:15AM).

Folks are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for comfort. Leo Brinda Post 90 is hoping that Boys and Girls State Citizens, Boys Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts and the American Legion Baseball team will help out, and volunteer singers are also needed.


Public Hearing for Kilgore Wind Project Application Postponed

Cherry County Zoning administrator Joel Mundorf informed KVSH radio that the Cherry County Planning Commission's public hearing for the Kilgore Wind Project set for June 28th has been postponed. A rescheduled public hearing will be announced when the date is set.


Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer supply

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now and throughout the summer.

Blood donations often decline in the summer months, especially around summer holidays when donors are less available to give.

Donors of all blood types are needed now. Schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  Locally, you can call Jeanie Cozad at 402-376-4715

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Valentine:

7/7/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Nicholas Catholic Church Parish Hall, 400 West 5th St.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.


Coach Mike Riley and Staff Visit Valentine

The Valentine Rotary club and about 60 people were in attendance to welcome the Nebraska Husker Football athletic staff to the Peppermill on Tuesday morning. Coach Mike Riley, Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, Executive Director of Player Personnel Billy Devany, and the voice of the Huskers Greg Sharpe were some of the staff on hand to answer questions and talk about the athletic program at the University of Nebraska.

Riley addressed the audience for roughly an hour. One word was used to describe the Husker community – care. This is a community that cares a lot about sports, but also about developing these student athletes into well-rounded individuals. The staff is looking to build programs, not just teams when it comes to recruiting. They want to win National Championships, but want to do it in a way that the public can appreciate.

The forum was opened to the public for questions. Riley answered many questions about recruiting and individual players, and the Valentine community showed off their knowledge about the Husker football program. Riley mentioned they were ahead of schedule and past the half way point for recruitment. He also mentioned that as far as the schedule goes, he wants to win all of the games, but tells his players that they can't do that unless they win the first one.

As they wrapped up, a drawing for season tickets was done and Kris Gentry was the winner. The staff then headed over to KVSH Radio for a wrap up on the comment program.


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