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SIDNEY HERALD Agriculture 2kg am" SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019 7 Are you ready for Ag Days? BY TIM Elli! EXTENSION AGENT I will continue with the theme that I started last week and re-hash some information about upcoming programs. So if you have been following along, in the last three or four weeks I have probably talked about the same thing three or four times. But one thing that I’ve been taught is that repetition is the best way to learn something, so hopefully you will find yourself better educated after today’s article. First and foremost, I just about cannot legally proceed without mentioning that Mon- Dak Ag Days is coming up this Thursday and Friday. There literally is something for everyone between the educational sessions, trade show vendors and food. Yes, I have been remiss in my last couple of columns about Ag Days in mentioning that our Sidney FFA Alumni As- sociation will be provid- ing lunch for Ag Days , attendees on both Thurs- day and Friday this year. I’m not 100 percent posi- tive as to what it is they are serving but I know that it will be delicious. In addition, the Cham- ber Ag Committee will be serving up breakfast Friday morning starting at 7 am. Red and Lucy Lovec, along with their help- ers, will be cooking up a great meal and because of the generous spon- sorship of Advanced Communications, the breakfast will not cost you a dime, or a penny or any amount of money. So in addition to the education, free stuff that is given away in the trade show area, and the great entertainment that Chad Prather will provide at the banquet on Friday night, (Side note: there are still tickets available for said banquet at Stockman Bank, Tri—County Imple- ment, the Sidney Cham- ber and their website, and our office) there will be plenty of good eats to go around. The other program that is coming up that I would like to expound upon is the Richland County Master Gardener Program. Whether you have the greenest green thumb on the planet or you have trouble keeping a fake houseplant alive, the Master Gardener Program will be benefi- cial to you. The Master Gardener program was started as a way to provide people with background and education in all things horticultural with the purpose of giving those people an opportunity to share the information they gained. To be considered a Master Gardener vol- unteer, participants are asked to come to training sessions and then volun- teer time back to their communities in some fashion that involves horticulture. I know that is fairly vague and unfortunately I am running out of space so I cannot provide a whole lot of detail. But I would be happy to visit with anyone who would want to know more about this program. There is a cost of $100 for the ma— terials provided but our program is set up so that participants receive half of the registration cost back once the volunteer commitment is realized. If you are intrigued in this program that covers everything from basic botany and soils to grow— ing fruits and vegetables, please contact me. The Master Gardener program will start next Tuesday, March 12. One plea that I do have is that I’m always happy to discuss any of these programs with anyone. But if you call or email on Thursday or Friday chances are slim that I’ll be able to chat with you much about it. You are welcome to track me down at the event center either of those days and take in some of Ag Days while we’re discussing these programs. But if you are not interested in coming to Ag Days (and I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to) you can always try me at 433- 1206 or send an email to timothyfine@montana. edu. Just be patient in waiting for a response this week. ’Know Your Limits’ is theme for Ag Safety Week Across the country, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a pri- ority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program. As part of ASAP, March 3-9 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week when US. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme “Safety: Know Your Limits.” , A different safety focus will be high- lighted by Montana Farm Bureau and US. Ag Centers each day of the week: Monday, March 4 — Emergency Pre- paredness Tuesday, MarClr5 - Livestock Wednesday, March 6 — Heat Stress and Hydration Thursday, March 7 Roadway Safety Friday, March 8 Hearing Safety During this week and throughout the year, Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to make safety a priority on the farm and ranch. “Investing in agricultural safety is critically important for farmers and ranchers,” said Montana Farm Bureau President Hans McPherson. “We all know at least one person who has suf— fered injuries as a result of a farm acci- dent. By focusing on safety and health , in agricultural communities, we’re able to help save lives and resources , through the prevention’of injuries lost time onthe job.” . a The Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is part of the Farm Bureau Health and Safety Network of pro- fessionals who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks. For more information and resources, visit the ASAP Facebook page. Visit the Centers’ YouTube chan- nel for new content and fresh ideas about how to stay safe while working in agriculture, forestry and fishing. The 11 US. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers are funded by the Na- tional Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. insurance Getting the Right Protection for Your Life How much life insurance do I need? is the life insurance have through work enough? bought life insurance a long time ago, do need more now? These are common questions people have about life insurance, and the answers are different for everyone. As an individual, you have your own unique needs and dreams for the future, and you have your own unique family situation. Michele Herres, your local State Farm agent, helps a lot of people with these kinds of questions, and she’s here to offer some good insights into how to figure out your unique life insurance needs. What to Look At Figuring out how much life insurance you might need starts with looking at what and who you want to protect, and that often depends on what life stage you’re in. - if you’re newly married or a young parent, your income may be what you primarily need to protect. So if something happened to you, you could leave enough behind to help your spouse or family replace the lost income for a certain amount of time. - If yourfamily is growing and you’ve purchased or upgraded your home, you may need to add additional coverage for some of your bigger aSSets. You might also be thinking about protecting your children's future education needs. - if you’re going through a , divorce, there are several things to consider, especially if you have children. i If you’re nearing retirement, you may start thinking about what your spouse would need to live comfortably if they live longer than you. We help customers look at all of these factors and more. We look at their income, their family size, their home’s value, their debt, their business if they own one. If they have children, we factor in everything from basic costs like food and clothes, to future costs like a college education. It comes down to how much your family might need, and for how long, to continue to live comfortably, if you were no longer there to help support them. Is My Current Coverage Enough? Many people who have life ' insurance through work assume that will be plenty for theirfamily to live on. Many people don't do a needs analysis with their work coverage. They see the number and feel secure with, it, but they’ve never sat down and looked at the. numbers to see if they're even in the ballpark. For some people, it is enough, but for many people they find they need more. What If l Can’t Afford It? So what if you've done an analysis of your needs, only to find out the premium isn’t something you're able to afford right now? It is a balance, and an eversevolving conversation. When we calculate proper coverage, we balance their budget with their needs. Budget is very a .important, so we start with &é>$tateFarm® Michele Herres, Agent 216 S Cen’aal Avenue Suite B Sidney, MT 592704126 406-488-2400 8:30 5:00 pm M-F helping customers find a solution that makes the,most sense for them based on what they feel they can afford, while still feeling schre in their protection. We look at term versus whole life, things like that. Then, as their income and liability grow over time, they have more to protect bur also more ability to afford more coverage. My team and follow up with these customers on a regular basis so we can help them stay updated. For help figuring out your own life Insurance needs and to talk through your options, talk to Mlchele Herres, your local State Farm Agent at 406-488-2400. r and ; SUBMITTED Chuck Rein, Don Steinbeisser .lr., Megan Hedges and Tonya Liles meet with Senator Daines’ Ag legislative Assistant Dan Gerig (second from left) during the recent trip to Washington, D.C. for the American Farm Bureau Issues Advisory Committee meetings. Steinbeisser attends meetings in Washington, DC. Four Montana Farm Bureau members trav- eled to Washington, DC. to attend the American Farm Bureau Issues Advisory Committee meetings and visit with senatorial offices. Members included Tonya Rolf Liles, a cattle rancher from Terry, Animal Care Committee; Megan Mattson Hedges, a grain farmer from Chester, Farm Policy Committee; Chuck Rein, a rancher from Big Timber, Federal Lands Committee; and Don Steinbeisser Jr., a diversified farmer from Sidney, Environmental Regulations Committee. The Animal Care Com- mittee addressed some of the current national lawsuits including nui- sance lawsuits against swine farms and R-CALF USA’s beef checkoff lawsuit. “They wanted input from the different states regarding various law— suits to decide if AFBF should pursue them,” Rolf said. “In addition, we talked about cell- cultured protein prod- ucts and how to ensure the US Department of Agriculture regulates them.;We talked, about, COMMUNITY the Green New Deal and how the EPA would to handle that. In addition, we covered animal trace- ability. We agreed there is a need for traceability, but there must be a way to keep personal infor- mation confidential.” Chuck Rein said the Federal Lands Commit- tee had two prevalent topics. “The number-one discussion was regard- ing fire: the speakers cov- ered prevention, what do during the fire and then after. We talked about what caused the prob- lem, as well as how to mitigate getting permits to access an area when there are fallen burned trees across the roads. There wasn’t a concrete answer developed, but the meeting provided a good opportunity to voice our concerns. Wild horses and burros were the number-two topic. We learned the BLM has 55,000 wild horses and burros that is costing $48,000 per head, costing a billion dollars a year to feed these horses. We talked about ranchers possibly adopting some of the horses and get- ting paid to take care of them.” The Farm Policy Com- ,_ HEALTH CORNER With Chief Pharmacist, Fortunate Mwanaka at White Drug Pharmacy, 402 East Main in Sidney. mittee conversation was a continuation of last year’s regarding the farm bill. Steinbeisser said one of the main topics discussed by the Envi- ronmental Regulations Committee was dicamba and the trouble Arkan- sas farmers had with lawsuits surrounding that crop protectant. “We talked about making sure there was a way to shorten the time period for completing the Environmental Impact Statement on pesticides. Sometimes it takes 10-12 years,” Steinbeisser said. “We addressed some of the irrigation con- cerns in different states. Arizona has a lot of dust trouble. In fact, they’re threatening to shut down farming completely in some areas because of the dust.” “ During the time Wash- ington, the group visited Sen. Steve Daines’ office. Steinbeisser had the opportunity to visit with Sen. Tester’s staff. “I told them about the impor- tance of trade, especially the upcoming USMCA, and talked about the im- portance of funding our Agricultural Research Stations in Montana.” As a locally, employee owned pharmacy, ‘ White Drug Pharmacy is committed to the communities we serve! Wash your hands often alleviate your symptoms. Oi Do you have questions regarding your medications? "What is the best time of day to take my medications?" "Should take my medication with or without food?" "How will I know when my medication is working?" We are here to answer your medication questions! Our pharmacy teams are passionate and committed to your specific health needs. We are here for you, from immunizations to health needs and programs that help you manage your medications. Our goal is to find the best solutions to keep you and your family healthy! 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