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FSA Program Meeting

Producers who suffered livestock and forage losses going back to the 2012 drought will have the opportunity to learn more about USDA’s newly reauthorized Livestock Disaster Assistance programs and how those programs might be of assistance to their operations through an upcoming information meeting.

Members of the Cherry County Farm Bureau will host an information session and luncheon for livestock producers interested in learning more about the livestock disaster programs Tues., March 25 at 11 a.m. (CST) at the Peppermill Restaurant in Valentine. The meeting is free and open to the public.  Presentations will be made by Farm Service Agency officials.

Passage of the 2014 Farm Bill included retroactive reauthorization for the livestock programs to include losses associated with the 2012 drought.

For more information contact Cherry County Farm Bureau President John Ravenscroft at 402-376-2127.


Turner Youth Grants

Valentine Youth Planning Commission has released the applications for the 2014 Turner Youth Initiative Foundation Grant opportunities. You may print the application off of the webpage. It is under the Youth Planning Commission tab. Please take note that the brief survey (link under the application) will help the Foundation bring new ideas to their projects. Applications are also available at the studios of KVSH. Grant applications are due back APRIL 11 - no later than 4pm - to Valentine City Hall. Grants can be submitted in the areas of Arts, Environmental, recreational and leadership/education.



Mountain Lion Hunting - Legislature

A proposal to eliminate Nebraska's mountain lion hunting season has hit a snag in the Legislature.

Opponents mounted a filibuster on Thursday to try to block the legislation before lawmakers could grant final approval.

The bill has already advanced through two previous votes. Lawmakers moved on to other measures without voting, but are expected to return to it later.

Sen. Ernie Chambers has said he introduced the bill because the state has a duty to protect mountain lions, which are native to Nebraska but were virtually wiped out by settlers. Foes of the measure say the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissions should be able to regulate the population.

Lawmakers approved mountain-lion hunting in 2012, while Chambers was out of office due to term limits.


Ag Day in Valentine with Governor

The members of the Cherry County Farm Bureau welcome the community to join them in celebrating National Agriculture Day by participating in a ‘Celebrate Agriculture’ event to be held Tues., March 25, at 9 a.m. at the Valentine High School auditorium.

John Ravenscroft, Cherry County Farm Bureau president announced that Valentine has been selected as one of the locations Gov. Dave Heineman will visit this year as part of his Agriculture Day celebration. Ag Day is to recognize the importance of agriculture and the role ranchers, feeders and farmers play in supporting Nebraska.

All members of the community are welcome to attend the Celebrate Agriculture event which will give them the opportunity to visit with the governor and other local and state agriculture leaders.

The event will start at 9 a.m. with remarks to be followed by a reception.


Supreme Court ruling won't affect Cowboy Trail

According to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, a recent Supreme Court ruling on the ownership of abandoned railways won't affect Nebraska's Cowboy Trail.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that after a railroad has abandoned a line, the land should revert to owners of the adjacent property instead of to the federal government. Some fear the ruling threatens Rails to Trails projects across the country built on abandoned railways.

The Cowboy Trail, however, is built on land that has been railbanked, rather than abandoned. When a trail is railbanked, it may be developed into a trail but the railroad retains the right to convert it back into a rail line.

The Rails to Trails Conservancy purchased the right-of-way for the 321-mile stretch of land between Norfolk and Chadron in the early 1990s from the Chicago and NorthWestern Transportation Company. The Conservancy gave the right-of-way to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 1993. Since then, Game and Parks has worked to develop and maintain 196 miles of the trail between Norfolk and Valentine for walking, running, bicycling and horseback riding.


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