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Producers urged to consider risk protection coverage

Chamber hosting movie-themed golf tourney

POW-MIA Recognition Day tomorrow

BQA meeting locations include Lawrence


Producers urged to consider risk protection coverage
Jay A. VanWesten, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director in Nuckolls County, reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the fall-seeded crop deadline of Sept. 30.
Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities, such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, bioenergy and industrial crops.
The following crops in Nuckolls County have a NAP application deadline approaching: alfalfa, Sept. 30; mixed forages, Sept. 30; grass, Nov. 15; aronia berries and grapes, Nov. 20.
"NAP policies allow producers to protect their investment by purchasing coverage for noninsurable crops," said VanWesten. "Natural disasters are an unavoidable part of farming and ranching and FSA programs like NAP help producers recover when they experience a loss."
USDA has partnered with Michigan State University and the University of Illinois to create an online tool at that allows producers to determine whether their crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP and to explore the best level of protection for their operation. NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production.
Federal crop insurance coverage is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. Agent lists are available at all USDA service centers.

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Chamber hosting movie-themed golf tourney
The Superior Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a "Caddy Shack" golf tournament next Saturday (Sept. 29) at Superior Country Club. It will be a four-person scramble with the theme taken from the movie, "Caddy Shack." There will be a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and a meal served after completion of nine holes of golf. Prizes will be awarded to golfers wearing the best costumes. Later in the evening, there will be a D.J. Bridwell acoustic show.

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POW-MIA Recognition Day tomorrow
POW-MIA Recognition Day honors the commitments and the sacrifices made by our nation's prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. Negotiators are still working with the North Korean government to bring more of the remains of American troops home that were killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War. The Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency currently lists 7,683 Americans missing from the Korean War, with an estimated 5,300 of them in North Korea. Also missing in the vicinity of the Korean Peninsula are 111 Cold War MIAs. From 1996 to 2005 the American-led recovery teams operated in North Korea, but that mission was suspended due to team safety and security reasons.
National POW-MIA Recognition Day, by custom, is the third Friday in September and is one of the six days specified by law on which the black POW-MIA flag shall be flown over federal facilities and cemeteries, post offices and military installations. The other five days it can be flown are Armed Forces Day (third Saturday in May), Memorial Day (last Monday in May), Flag Day (June 14), Independence Day (July 4), and Veterans Day (Nov. 11).
The VFW National Commander, B.J. Lawrence, said in this VFW Action Corps Weekly, "The return of our missing is a humanitarian mission that transcends politics and the VFW is grateful to the president for acting on our recommendation and to the North Korean leader for following through on his part of the summit agreement." Commander Lawrence also said, "The VFW will continue working toward the fullest possible accounting of missing Americans on the Korean Peninsula and elsewhere because we leave no one behind. We owe it to their families and we owe it to their battle buddies."
Presently, more than 82,000 Americans remain missing from WWII, the Korean War the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf Wars and other conflicts. Out of the 82,000 missing, 75 percent of the losses are located in the Indo-Pacific, and more than 41,000 of the missing are presumed lost at sea (i.e. ship losses, known aircraft water losses, etc.) WWII represents 72,823 from all regions, Europe, Indo-Pacific, Africa, South America, and North America. Korean War represents 7,683; Vietnam War represents 1,594, Cold War 111, and all Gulf Wars-other conflicts five.
Anyone is interested in having a POW-MIA flag should contact their local VFW commander or VFW Auxiliary president.

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BQA meeting locations include Lawrence
The beef quality assurance meetings have been finalized. Rob Eirich, Nebraska extension educator and director of beef quality assurance, will be leading three opportunities for in-person BQA trainings in October. Topics addressed include BQA best management practices, animal handling and animal health stewardship. These meetings will update producers on implementing BQA practices and answer questions on packer requirements and FDA regulations.
Dates and locations include:
Oct. 2, 1 to 3:30 p.m. CST, Ag Hall Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva.
Oct. 2, 6:30 to 9 p.m. CST, Dick's Place, Lawrence.
Oct. 3, 1 to 3:30 p.m. CST, Kearney County Fairgrounds in Minden.
All producers are invited to attend. The meetings will also be a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification for those producers needing certification or recertification. There is a $20 fee for those wanting to become BQA certified/recertified, which is good for a three year time period. There are operation discounts for those certifying more than three individuals.
Refreshments will be provided in Geneva and Minden. A meal will be provided in Lawrence. Please pre-register by Sept. 28 to Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator (402-746-3417 or

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