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USDA to Issue Disaster Assistance to Help Honeybee, Livestock and Farm-Raised Fish Producers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency announced on Monday that nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses experienced from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014.
The program, re-authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides disaster relief to livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers not covered by other agricultural disaster assistance programs. Eligible losses may include excessive heat or winds, flooding, blizzards, hail, wildfires, lightning strikes, volcanic eruptions and diseases, or in the case of honeybees, losses due to colony collapse disorder. Beekeepers, most of whom suffered honeybee colony losses, represent more than half of ELAP recipients.
The farm bill caps ELAP disaster funding at $20 million per federal fiscal year and the Budget Control Act of 2011, passed by Congress, requires USDA to reduce payments by 7.3 percent, beginning Oct. 1, 2014. To accommodate the number of requests for ELAP assistance, which exceeded 2014 funding, payments will be reduced to ensure that all eligible applicants receive a prorated share.
Today's announcement was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit http://www.usda.gov/farmbill.
To learn more about ELAP, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elap. For more information about USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster assistance programs, visit disaster.usda.fsa.gov or contact your local FSA office at http://offices.usda.gov.


Junior-Senior Prom to be held in Mozart Hall

by Stephen Scalf

The Neal Welcome Center has been a hot spot for meetings and gatherings since its renovation in the past decade, and more recently, the additional renovations to the building’s upper floor – famously known as Mozart Hall – have attracted the attention of many local organizations, one of which being Nicholas County Schools.
Traditionally, the Junior-Senior prom is hosted in the high school gymnasium, but this year the NCHS Class of 2016 decided that they were ready for a change, and explored the possibility of hosting prom at the Neal Welcome Center’s Mozart Hall.
Many have been under the impression that the school’s sole reason for moving the prom was damages to the school’s new gymnasium. (The tent that is usually rented for the event made some damages to the floor, but was needed in order to conceal part of the gym and make decorating and the look of the gym more appealing.) But administrators on behalf of the school have said that the class’ motivation was more of a monetary concern, as the tent would cost thousands of dollars to rent, versus the hundreds of dollars it would take to rent Mozart Hall. The committee then took it to a vote, to which they approved of the location.
“It’s a nice venue, it’s been refurbished, and it now has drapes and has been decorated,” said Mr. Bob Garvin, member of the Nicholas County Historical Society. “It’s a very attractive venue, and it has several reservations this spring and summer.”
Mr. Garvin also stated that he felt the prom being held in Mozart Hall would be an excellent way to join the community and school as one to put on a spectacular event such as this year’s junior-senior prom.
The attendance number for prom is usually around 175, and Mozart Hall has a maximum occupancy of 350 individuals (with the placement of tables and chairs in mind), so as for the safety aspect of the building, it is adequately large enough to host the event and hold that many people. The couples will walk up the staircase in front up to the upper level of the building, and there is also an service elevator on the main floor for the transportation of food, materials, and anyone who would need that type of assistance.
During the event, Main Street will be closed off from Elm Street to Locust Street, and students will be able to make their usual entrance, and will be able to drive the vehicle of their choice to be shown off as they make their entrance into the building. No official word has been made on parking, but there are many possibilities that the school is considering.
The theme for this year’s Junior-Senior prom ,to be held on May 2, is “Black Tie,” and the school would appreciate the community’s support in making the event as best as it possibly can be in the new location.


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