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Do iris killt - Wednesday February 18 201 Page 7 Gritty and gorgeous The Rebecca Folsom Band performed at Beier Auditorium last Tuesday evening as part of tOi Southwest Montana Arts Council Showcase Series. The four -person group featured jazz, bules. funk, pop. latin, rock and , :ountry. J P Hutt photo Important crop insurance deadline approaches The USDA's Risk Manage- ment Agency (RMA) reminds farmers and ranchers that the final date to purchase or make changes to crop insurance on spring -planted crops in Mon- tana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming is March 16. Farmers also need to notify their agent if they have planted winter wheat in a county with only spring wheat coverage by this date. Crop insurance pro- vides protection against crop production losses due to natural perils such as drought, hail, and excessive moisture. Decisions on new farm safety net options will need to be made before the March 16 sales clos- ing date as well. Farmers will Horsemanship clinics Thurs.-Sat. Equine expert Joe Wolter will teach clinics in Dillon Feb. 19-21 from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Admission costs $30 per day. For more informa- tion about the clinics sponsored by the University of Montana Horsemen's Club and Natural Horsemanship Program, call Eric Hoffmann at (406) 925- 1499. need to decide whether to elect Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, as well as the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) for the 2015 crop year by this date. These two options, provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill, are available for select crops in select counties. More information is available on the RMA Farm Bill web page. \Farmers should contact their crop insurance agent for more information on crop in- surance and the availability of these new options,\ said Eric Bashore, Billings Regional Of- fice director. Additional Information is also located on the RMA website at www.rma.usda.gov. Business networking event Thurs. Business After Hours, a chance for area professionals to meet and network and enjoy some really good free food, comes to the Barrett Hospital & Healthcare Lobby on Thurs- day 5-7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Beaverhead Chamber of Com- merce at 683-5511. City Continued from page 1 gent requirements for passage. Barrett said the same $125,000 that the Build Montana Act proposed to send to Dillon for its water main project would go to each county, even those that didn't have worthy water projects, and that worthy local water projects could still gain legislative funding through traditional means, as they have in the past. Barrett also continues to dis- agree with Bullock's insistence of maintaining a $300 million cushion for the state budget, an approach the governor hyped as fiscally responsible during his visit last week to Dillon. Barrett believes it would be more fiscally responsible to use the cash the state has on hand to pay for some projects, instead of bonding and having to pay interest on the money used to fund them. She also believes the state government should get out of the practice of collecting more tax money than it needs. \It's taxpayers' dollars. We shouldn't be overcharging them,\ said Barrett. \It will just grow government and increase spending.\ At the end of his meeting in Dillon last week, Bullock told those in attendance to contact their legislators to let them know how they felt about area projects. \Ultimately your voices mat- ter more in this than my voice. It's your projects and it's your communities,\ said the Bullock, a Democrat, acknowledging that his proposals would likely continue to meet with resistance from the Republican -dominated Legislature. \If I say something's good, that means it's gonna die. So from that standpoint, I need you all to say this is good.\ Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through pri- vate crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online. DILLON DENTAL CLINIC NOW HIRING Fun team -orient- ed, and hard working DENTAL ASSISTANT Hours Mon-Thurs ••8 am to 5 pm\ If interested please turn in current resume to our office 327 E Helena, Dillon MT 59725 7 / 1 /c 1 .2 1. 406-68.4 ' 4.11 • 22 S. ‘lonlana BLM, Forest Service announce 2015 grazing fee schedule The Federal grazing fee for 2015 will be $1.69 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bu- reau of Land Management and $1.69 per head month ( HM ) for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The 2014 fee was $1.35. An AUM or HM - treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes - is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month. The newly calcu- lated grazing fee, determined by a congressional formula and effective on March 1, applies to nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM and more than 8,000 per- mits administered by the Forest Service. The formula used for calcu- lating the grazing fee, which was established by Congress in the 1978 Public Rangelands Im- provement Act, has continued under a presidential Executive Order issued in 1986. Under that order, the grazing fee can- not fall below $1.35 per AUM, and any increase or decrease cannot exceed 25 percent of the previous year's level. The annually determined grazing fee is computed by us- ing a 1966 base value of $1.23 per AUM/HM for livestock grazing on public lands in West- ern states. The figure is then calculated according to three factors - current private graz- ing land lease rates, beef cattle prices, and the cost of livestock production. In effect, the fee rises, falls, or stays the same based on market conditions. with livestock operators paying more when conditions are better and less when conditions have declined. The 2015 grazing fee of $1.69 per AUM/HM grazing fee ap- plies to 16 Western states on public lands administered by the BLM and the Forest Ser- vice. The states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Da- kota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Permit holders and lessees may contact their local BLM or U.S. Forest Service of- fice for additional information. The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land - over 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. 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