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4B WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2009 Around our area SIDNEY HERALD Farm Service announces spring grazing on CRP acres Women conlinue to gel paid less county committee orits de- signee. Spring managed graz- ing must end before May 15, which is the start of Mon- tana's primary nesting and broodrearing season. Participants may graze CRP acres based on the rotation pe- riod (once every three years or once every five years) and other limitations that are in- cluded in their Conservation Plan of Operations. Produc- ers wishing to graze CRP The Montana State Farm Service Agency re6ently an- nounced the 2009 grazing peri- od for managed grazing of CI. acres. The 2009 spring grazing period is March 15 through May 14. CRP partici- pants who want to graze their CRP contracts this spring must sign up at their local FSA office. Grazing cannot begin until participants receive written approval from the local FSA Denim Day to support our area! Businesses sign up for Denim Day to support Sidney. Their employees pay $1 to wear jeans on the last Friday of the month. Library • Sidney Health Center • Sidney Health Center Extended Care • Sidney Herald • Sidney High School • Sidney Paint & Glass • Stockman Bank • Blue Rock • Brenner & Averett • CHMS, EC. • Dr. Richard Fink • Edward Jones • Richland County Federal Credit Union • Richland County Public The next Denim Day is Friday, Feb. 27, with proceeds going to Savage Post Prom We need more applications for Denim Day Funds! Denim Day needs non-profit organizations to apply for Denim Day funds, Please apply at the Sidney Herald. Remember to send your money to the Sidney Herald. behind Reynolds-Pamida acres must first receive writ- " ten notification of approval from the FSA county commit- tee before managed grazing can begin. Livestock producers, who rent or lease acreage from the CRP participant, shall sign a statement agreeing not to sub- lease the CRP acreage and re- ceive notification of approval from the FSA county commit- tee, a copy of which they should provide to the CRP participant. All livestock must be removed from the CRP acreage when the calcu- lated AUMs are utilized, but no)ater than May 14 for spring grazing. For further information, contact your local USDA Ser- vice Center or log on to the Montana FSA Web site at Which media rs? • high school sports - basketball boys & girls Fairview Lambert Savage Sidney and .more ...more then one minute sound bites and press releases/submitted articles SUPPORT your community newspaper! In print and availble online 24-7 www.sidneyheral&com SW side of town paper Approximately $75 month For more information contact Dawn 433-2403. 310 2nd Ave. N.E. • Sidney • 433-2403 You know how the old say- ing goes, 'nother day, an- other dollar!" Well, in Mon- tana, for women, it's another day another 70 cents! Women on an average, make 7O cents for every dollar that a man makes for the same job. Rep. Franke Wilmer, D- Bozeman, sponsored a bill that would work at closing the gender wage gap. I spon- sored a companion bill to Rep. Wilmer's that would put in statute that any person Fil- ing a complaint about wage discrimination is protected from retaliation in the work- place. Both bills were tied up in committee. A bill cannot pass out of committee on a tie vote. Both Rep. Wilmer and my- self must decide if we want to blast the bills on the House floor. A blast is a procedure whereby the representative asks the House body to allow a bill to come to the House floor for discussion and a vote. In order for that to hap- pen, 60 representatives would have to vote in favor of the blast. It is difficult to get that many votes but not im- possible. All bills in the House that have been presented in com- mittees have been either vot- ed out of committee, tied up in committee or have been tabled. If a bill has not moved out of committee by transmittal (Thursday) they automatically die in commit- tee....except for revenue and appropriation bills! They can stay in com- mittee and need not be acted on until later in the session. Most of the com- mittees are done with State their work represent0five and will not be meeting Julie French until we come back from transmittal break. The appropriations committee will be meeting right up until we leave for transmittal. I sponsored a bill for the Department of Natural Re- source and Conservation (DNRC) that was heard this week in Natural Resources committee. The bill had to do with land banking and the ability for DNRC to buy and sell land. This is a very im- portant issue for Daniels County which has 24 percent state lands. This bill would allow the DNRC to look at lands in the county that could be sold and help de- crease the amount of state land in the county. Land banking allows the DNRC to sell land and put that money in a land bank- ing account and then when other land comes available to buy, the money would be tak- en out of the account. Under this program, the DNRC sold 28,871 acres of land that was generating $39,572 in income and bought 31,283 acres that ii iiiiiil/iiiiiiiiii! Richland County Baseball Announces: SIGN UPS Monday & Tuesday Feb. 23 & 24 & March 2 & 3 West Side School Gymnasium 6-8 p.m. 'Women, on an average, make 70 Cents for every dollar that a man makes for the same job." JulJe French State representative will generate $302,253 in in- come. Money generated from state lands in Montana goes to the School Trust Fund and 95 percent of that money is distributed to schools throughout the state. The bill I sponsored would take off the sunset on the program and increase the amount of land that the DNRC can buy over a period of time. It is in statute that the DNRC must maintain, as closely as possi- ble, the existing land base. So if they sell land, they must buy land and visa ver- sa, It is also in statute that prior to purchasing a parcel of land in excess of 160 acres in any particular county, the Land Board shall consult with the county commission- ers of the county in which the parcel is located. This bill passed out of committee with an 18-0 vote. One last bill that I spon- sored this week was a bill to put in statute how the Up- land Game Bird Enhance- ment Program is to be man- aged in the state. This came about because of a perform- ance audit I asked for and was done by the Legislative Audit Division. They made recommenda- tions as to how to improve the program, and this bill puts those recommendations into place. One of the major recom- mendations and components to the bill is to establish a cit- izen's advisory committee to help create strategic and long range planning for the program and to set up per- formance measures. This program has generat: ed more than $t4 million in license revenue since its con- ception in 1988 with a bill that was sponsored by Sen. Ed Smith, Dagmar. It is esti- mated the program brings in over $1 million in revenue to the region! The bill passed out of committee unani- mously also. Annual Banquet Saturday, March Sidney Country Club The past three banquets have been tremendous successes. Tickets • $75 Includes dinner for 2 plus a tax deductible Pheasants Forever membership -Tickets available at the door, Sidney Country Club-. Funds raised at our annual banquet are used for habitat improvement in our county.