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cIp fctimes@midrivers.com 406-778-3344 VOLUME 100 ISSUE 2 BAKER, MONTANA 59313 $1.00 FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2011 MSU Extension Winter Ag Series program Submitted by Elin Kittelmann Fallon/Carter Extension Agent It is that time of year again for our annual MSU Extension Winter Ag Series. The Extension Winter Series program is a cooperative effort between the region's Extension Offices. Each year a series of lectures are presented in each of the southeast Montana counties providing timely information of interest to our rural population. This year we have developed a diverse program which includes MSU Economic Specialists Kate Fuller and Joel Schumacher. The Winter Ag Series will be held in ten locations Jan. I I - 15. The program will be in Ekalaka the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 12, and in Baker Wednesday, Jan. 13. Here is some more information about the topics that will be covered. Agriculture Leases: Setting up or re-negotiating your lease agreement? MSU Agriculture Economics Extension Special- ist Kate Fuller will present available date, resources and tools ,iik.4*/ 24 . 4 11 «r -aw —IP P Warm winter temperatures on January 3 made for a great day of family fun on Baker Lake. useful for both landowners and land tenants. Focus will be on pasture leases. Transferring the Ranch to the Next Generation: Joel Schu- macher will present information on strategies to successfully make the transfer of a farm and/or ranch business to a family member. Joel will discuss the family business system, transfer processes, legal concerns, risks, and dividing management re- sponsibilities among family members. Real life examples will be utilized to assist in developing an understanding of the process. General Principles of Beef Cow Nutrition: Fallon/Carter Extension Agent Elin Kittelmann will discuss the basics of cattle nutrition and the factors that affect nutrient require- ment. Examples will be utilized for explaining diet adequacy. In addition to feed, water and water quality is important to consider when reviewing your nutrition program and will be covered. Sustainable Management of Alfalfa Weevil: This presenta- lion will focus on managing alfalfa weevil while reducing im- pacts towards beneficial arthropods. By using certain strate- gies producers can minimize chemical application when maximizing benefits from pest natural enemies. The identifi- cation of alfalfa weevil, common natural enemies, and a re- view of multiple control tactics will be discussed. If you are interested in attending the Winter Ag Series, please contact the Extension Office to register and for more information. Registration will begin at 2:45 p.m. with the pro- gram starting at 3:00 p.m. in Ekalaka at the Event Center Tuesday, Jan.12. Registration will begin at 10:45 a.m. with the program start- ing at 11:00 a.m. at Thee Garage in Baker Wednesday, Jan. 13. A meal will be served at both locations. To contact the Fallon/Carter Extension Office call 406-778- 7110 or fal loncarter I Omontana.edu. A New Year - Why not volunteer? By Sherry Vogel The New Year is a time of new beginnings. It's a time when people evaluate their lives and commit to making positive changes. Many times significant life changes have occurred in the previous year which have left many with decisions of \what's next\? Whether that change came with Is recent retirement, empty nest, or perhaps with the fact that all of the children are now in school, one now may be seeking a new direction. Becoming a couch potato has never been an option in our life and you defi- nitely don't want to have to make resolutions next January of needing to \lost weight\ or \get back in shape\. Why not resolve to remain active? Why not de- cide to take action by getting out in the community as a volunteer. Baker has a wide range of needs for volunteers. Local volunteers are needed at both the eldercare facilities. Volunteers are en- couraged to help with various activities from bringing their pets into visit resi- dents to calling bingo numbers. There is always a need for volunteers to play cards, chess or dominos, read, solve puzzles, help fix residents' hair, paint fin- kemails or simply come in for a cup of coffee and a visit. At the other end of the spectrum, volunteers can support Baker's youth by helping children with their homework at the After School Program. The Baker Rec Department can also use help at the Community Movie Night as ushers are needed. The elementary schools are in need of volunteers to help in the reading pro- gram or with art projects. In the fall and spring, crosswalk guards are needed to help children riding their bikes to maneuver the busy intersections, before and tifter school. The public library has need of help in the Summer Reading Program. The Lakeview Baptist Church AWANA Club could use a few more listening ears to listen to the children recite their weekly Bible verses. Volunteering strengthens the community by helping it save resources and by helping to solve community needs. It unites people from different backgrounds to work toward a common community goal which benefits the people who live in the community. The silver lining to being a volunteer is that its rewards are a \two -fold ben- efit\! It not only benefits the recipient, but is good for the volunteer as well. Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It reduces stress because when a person focuses on someone other oneself, it interrupts usual tension producing patterns. It also makes one healthier as moods and emotions, like optimism and joy, strengthen the immune system. Among other benefits to the volunteer is the opportunity to test out a career and gain professional experience while others may discover hidden talents that give a personal sense of accomplishment. As a volunteer one assists in building camaraderie and teamwork which leads to the positive good feelings of having given back. Although the most important aspect of volunteering is that you are making a difference in someone else's life. It may be in the smile you put on a bingo win- ner's face, the pleased look on the face of a female as she admires her new hairdo, or that look of accomplishment on a young child's face as the \light bulb\ turns on and he understands a difficult math concept or sounds out a dif- ficult word for the very first time. Tom Brokaw said it best, \It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.\ Information on how you can get involved in making a difference as a volunteer this year, contact the following: SEE VOLUNTEER, PAGE 2 CP TAKE NOTE Southeastern Montana Coyote Calling Contest Second annual Southeast- ern Montana Coyote Call- ing Contest will be held this weekend, Jan. 8-9,2016. Hunters may sign-up Fri- day, Jan. 8, from 5-7 p.m. at the Corner Bar in Baker. A rules meeting will follow at 7 p.m. Hunters will check back in Saturday, Jan. 9, between 5-7 p.m. For more information or to be a sponsor, please con- tact Dustin Vamer at 406- 851-1932, or Trevor Nelson at 406-853-8587. Volunteers needed for High School Rodeo A meeting has been sched- uled for all those who would like to volunteer to help with the Montana High School Rodeo Finals in Baker, June 7-12. The informational meet- ing will be held Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Fal- lon County exhibit hall. Looking Back. . . June 12 -- Over 300 spec- tators cheered for their fa- vorite drivers at the annual Tr -Area Racing Associa- tion Bump -N -Run held in Baker June 7. Thirty-nine cars featured drivers from Baker, Circle, Ekalaka, Glendive, Westby, Minot, ND, Plevna and Colstrip... Nicole Allerdings, a junior See Looking Back, page 6 Bingo Baker Lions Club Bingo will be held Sunday, Jan. 10 and Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Baker Senior Center from 2-4 p.m. Bring the family for an af- ternoon Of fun. bold AngSW fuppon1.4 The Corra I 2\d Annual SE Montana Coyote Calling Contest January 8 - 9 Sign up Friday at The Corner 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Landowners Welcome For more information call: Dustin @ 406-851-1932 Trevor @ 406-853-8587 COME IN AND WATCH THE PLAY-OFFS WITH US! Visit Our Website at www.FallonCountyExtra.com

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