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16A SUNDAY, MARCH to, 2019 Around our are SIDNEY HERALD Speaker explains insrial hemp program BY Illl. VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD A good turnout of interested residents were in attendance for the presentation covering the Montana Department of Agricul- ture’s Industrial Hemp Program in Sidney on Thursday morning. Andy Gray of the Montana De- partment of Agriculture provided the information during MonDak Ag Days at the Richland County Fair Event Center. Gray told audience members that the 2014 Farm Bill allowed for the start of pilot programs regard- ing hemp. “That’s what really got the hemp program going again,” he noted. He said through a pilot program in Montana during 2017, there were 525 acres grown in the state. During the year, there were 24,841 acres grown nation-Wide. BILL VANDER WEELE [ SIDNEY HERALD Then in 2018, Montana experi- enced 22,000 acres of hemp being planted. There was a total of r _ _ , A huge change through the 2018 Farm Bill when hemp was removed from the Controlled Substance Act. The Farm Bill also noted that hemp seed, hemp seed oil and products made from the seed and stalk are designated as generally recognized as safe for human consumption. The , Montana DPHHS has authority in the Program 0f $400 for locatlon the state for products for human consumption. The 2018 Farm Bill also clarities indoors~ MaXimum amount is Jeff Gray was a guest speaker at MonDak Ag Days on Thursday morning. formally approved by the depart- year to May 1-April 30. It renamed ment. Category Bis for variet- the pilot program to the Montana ies approved by other states or State Hemp Program. countries at a level equivalent to Residents can begin comment- the department’s. Category C is ing on the administrative rules of all other hemp varieties that an Montana, which will be published applicant reasonably believes will for comment on March 15, at not produce a plant with over 0.3 https;// The percent THC at any time prior to rules note a fee increase to fund harvest. Category D includes all varieties forbidden by any federal law or regulation or added by rule by the department because of its inability to consistently produce change plus $5 per acre outdoors or 35 cents per 1,000 square feet insurance, normal banking and other federal farm programs. The administrative rules of Montana,,effective Jan. 15, 2019, included hemp seed into the seed act excluding the exemptions of 10 pounds or less, $1,000 or less and is having a criminal background Gray said the‘Montana State check, which was a Farm Bill re- Hemp Plan was submitted to quirement. The rules also prohib~ ' USDA on Feb. 26. 'The USDA it growing both hemp and medical isn’t reviewing plans until after marijuana together: ' federal regulations are finalized. Pending administrative rules He added that Montana plans to of Montana, there will be four implement the submitted plan in sells to licensed seed dealer/label SategQries 0f hemp Seed Yaltiet' 2019- er/ conditioner. It also changed the 193‘ category A 15 for varlenes Foundation for Community Care anno'unges scholarship opportunities Applications are now available for two scholar- ship programs offered by the Foundation for Com- munity Care for new and continuing college students in the 2019- 2020 academic year. The first program of- fered by the. Foundation Board of Directors is the annual Healthcare Scholarship program. Richland County and surrounding area residents pursuing an education in a health- care field who intend to live and work in the area are encouraged to apply for funding. Applicants must have completed one year at a post-secondary uni- versity or college. The Healthcare Scholarship to quality care,” Founda— org. program is designed to Application deadline is help create a health care tion board member and workforce for Sidney scholarship committee April 30. Health Center and the chair Kristan Haugen Richland County area. said. “Rural communi- The second program is ties across the country a local education focused have been hit hard by the scholarship opportunity. loss of both teachers and The Jessica Vannatta health care providers. Men’s Health I: Sidney’s in market for third-grade teachers next year BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD A potential teaching shortage could be on the horizon for the Sidney School District. During Monday’s com- mittee meetings, it was announced that third- grade teachers Sandra Jepsen and Lori Keenan along with second-grade - teacher Elise Slingsby have turned in their resignations effective at the end of the school year. Taking into ac- count earlier announced resignations, Sidney Will not return a single third-grade teacher next school year. Sidney Superintendent of Schools Monte Silk noted that the school district also still hasn’t received an applicant to replace retiring Yvonne Gebhardt as a high school math teacher: On a bright note, A]- exandria Rootes will be hired as a new elementa— ry teacher for the school district. During the committee meeting, trustees agreed to put the recommenda- tions to hire a full-time music instructor, a full- time alternative school teacher; a full-time el- ementary (kindergarten) teacher and a half-time auditorium manager/ camera specialist/ web master on the consent agenda. Sidney Middle School Principal Kelly John- ' ‘ ‘ son and band director Kilee each spoke strongly in favor of hir- ing an additional music instructor. “Kilee has built up the program extremely well,” Johnson said. “We actually have an ap- plicant who’s itching to come here.” Johnson explained that the school district attempted to hire an What We Know 0 All of Sidney's third-grade teachers are either retiring or moving outside the area. 0 The school district has hired one new elementary teacher. 0 Trustees are in favor of hiring additional music instructor. additional music teacher two years ago, but there were no applicants at that time. “She’s almost to the point where she can’t have all the band students in one class,” Johnson said of Sundt. School board chair Ben Thogersen said he feels that all the trustees are in favor of the request. “We don’t want to go backwards,” trustee Dennis Lorenz noted. Silk explained the deci- sion to hire an addition- al kindergarten teacher will be based on need. ' The problem is school officials don’t know how many kindergarten stu- dents there will be until when the school year begins. “If we don’t hit the numbers, we can use the teacher somewhere else in the elementary,” Silk said. Memorial Scholarship Through the Healthcare , . was created by her fa- Scholarship and Jes- S ther, Greg Vannatta. sica Vannatta Memorial The scholarship is awarded to a resident in Richland County and the surrounding area who is pursuing a degree in education at a college or university. Both high school and college students are eligible to apply. “Healthy, strong com- munities start with a great educational framework, and access Scholarship, we can do our part to invest in a stronger community.” Qualified applicants can apply by contacting the Foundation for Com- munity Care at 406-488- 2273. Applications, require- ments and guidelines are 7 available at the Founda- tion office or on their website at wwwfounda- tionforcommunitycare. Grants available for health care fproiects The Foundation for Community Care an- nounces that health care grant applications are now available. In May the Foundation for Com- munity Care’s volunteer Board of Directors will provide financial sup- port for local health care. Each year, the Foun- dation is able to offer grants by distributing a portion of the earnings from its Endowment Fund. Ensuring the Continu— ance & Quality of Local Healthcare Services is the mission of the Foun- dation for Community Care. “By continuing to provide commlmity health care grants each yeah-we can achieve our mission.” said Cami Skinner; board chair. “We are lucky to have quality health care in our area, and we want to keep it that way.” ‘ “ Organizations with an immediateneed directly related to quality health or medical care (present and future) of Richland County and surrounding areas are encouraged to apply for a grant by con- tacting the Foundation for Community Care at (406) 488-2273. Applications are also available at the office or on our website at WWW. foundationforcommuni— tycare.qrg. Requests for funding must be related to a proj- ect or equipment that Will benefit healthcare for a large number of residents in the Richland County and surrounding area, not medical fund- ing for an individual. Applications must be ,s An»_ ~‘. ._ . . .r M... Roundup-Ready» Sweet Corn Varieties available at Mon-Kata Inc. in Fairview, MT ‘ Call Lyle or Jewell at 701-844-5300 for prices and va received by the Founda- tion by 4 pm. on April 30, to be considered. riety information .. Candidates are beirig‘ sought far the election of Trustees for Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, lnc., which I j will take place on Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Circle, MT. Nominations made by petition must be received by ' ; 5:00 pm. on Marchiv31, 2019, to be included on the official ballot and have a candidate profile in the Annual .; Report which is mailed toailactive members. 'All petitions must be received by 5:00 pm. on April 30, 2019. ’ Petitionsmay be obtain‘edai’ramsyour local Mia-RlV'ers‘iOffice or.-by calling Mid-Rivers at 1-800-452-2288 and returned to your local office or mailed to Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, lnc., PO Box 280, Circle MT 59215. _,,Candidates must be a member of Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, lnc., and maintain residence in . the district where the candidate seeks election. Nominations for trustee candidates can be made by petition from members, or from the fluor at the Annual Meeting. The districts up for election are: j District 4 - Circle (485), Lambert (774), Lindsay (584), and South Wolf Point (525) District 5 Bloomfield (583), E Fairview (844), Fairview (742), Richey (773), Savage (776) and W Glendive (687) '1 District 6 — Sidney (433, 488, 798) and West Sidney (798) 393$ 55 to 75 Friday, March 18 86 PM . 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