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Enroll in Conservation Reserve Programs by August 23rd

Farmers and ranchers with expiring contracts with the Conservation Reserve Program, or who are interested in enrolling land in the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) should take note of an upcoming deadline. The U.S. Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency has announced the deadline to enroll in either the Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentive Program (CRP-TIP) or CCRP is set for Aug. 23, 2019.

CRP-TIP is a farm bill program that seeks to support landowners and new farmers at the same time. Landowners with CRP contracts expiring this year are eligible to enroll in CRP-TIP and receive two additional years worth of payments. To enroll, they must rent or sell the land exiting CRP to a beginning, sociallydisadvantaged, or veteran farmer or rancher. That farmer or rancher in turn must have a conservation plan in place for the land. CRP-TIP offers new farmers and ranchers a path to access land, and supports landowners in offering it.

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The story of our Juggler coming to the Table Rock Fair

Somewhere in Kansas City lives a seven-year-old boy named Braeden. His father juggles knives and fire sticks, stuff like that. His mother paints faces. She’s a clown. Braeden calls them mom and dad, but the public knows them as Blipey and Annie Mae Allure. Blipey & Annie Mae do much more than juggle and paint, too, but Braeden is blah about it.. Would you like a balloon giraffe? Son, shall we go to the park and toss nine balls in the air and keep them there? No thanks. There may be some seven-year-olds who come to the Table Rock Fair who are much more excited about what Braeden’s dad can do than Braeden is. Braeden and his mom are headed for a different event, so kids here will have Blipey all for themselves.

Erik Pratt, for that is the true name of Braeden’s dad, will join the busy slate of street performers at the Table Rock Fair

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Demise of a Home

The house at 610 Pennsylvania in Table Rock was built in 1925. It was then just a few doors down from the grand home and hospital of Dr. Edward McCrea which sat at the corner and was only a few years old itself. Many people made a living getting that house built. A roofer laid out a shake roof. Plastering was spread over lathes, usually a two and even threeperson job. A carpenter carefully installed dark walnut trim around the windows and doors and made a room divider with columns and bookcases. Somebody wall papered or painted or both. Somewhere in a factory, people earned money making a sofa, a chair, a kitchen table, a sink, a mattress, a dresser, a rug, a set of dishes, a tablecloth, curtains.

 

 

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Slama Named “Legislator of the Year”

Senator Julie Slama was named the 2019 Young Republican (YR) National Legislator of the Year at the organization’s annual convention on July 27. The award, established this year, will be given annually to the YR lawmaker who most effectively represents their constituents and embodies the organization’s values.  

Representing District 1 in Southeast Nebraska, Slama was one of the most effective senators in the Legislature during the 2019 session, passing four of her five bills introduced or prioritized, including comprehensive bills to crack down on human trafficking and strengthen Nebraska’s civics education standards.  Slama is also the youngest woman ever to serve in the Nebraska Legislature and is the youngest Republican woman serving as a state lawmaker nationwide.

 

 

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Electronics Collection and Recycling Event Collects Over 4 Tons

With the help of volunteers as well as county and city representatives, the Electronics Collection and Recycling Event was a huge success in Pawnee County. The event, which was held on July 13, 2019, in Pawnee City, Nebraska, brought in citizens from several communities in and surrounding Pawnee County. Participants brought in a variety of electronics ranging from complete computer systems to tape recorders, telephones, and small & large appliances. Additionally, residents brought in water heaters, dehumidifiers, and batteries of all sizes. In total, the event resulted in the collection of 6,150 pounds of electronics and 1,850 pounds of appliances!

Volunteers the employees of American Recycling in loading the items into boxes, which were later hauled back to American Recycling for proper disposal.

 

 

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4-H Fair starts July 31

County Fair is a time for youth to showcase the skills their have learned while working on their livestock and non-livestock fair exhibits. 4-H is more than just showing up at county fair and exhibiting your pig or baking cookies, it is about spending time with a parent, an adult, or older youth and learning by doing. The key to a successful 4-H year is for youth and families to reach out and learn something new they can try with their exhibit. This year the 4-H County Fair is sure not to disappoint because 4-H'ers have been busy all year long working on exhibits. There will be something for everyone whether it be watching the barrel racing at the horse show or viewing a wood working project. Our events include: July 31, 8am Swine Show and 3pm Horse Show; August 1, 8am Horse Show and 1pm Poultry Show; August 2, 8am Livestock Show (Beef, Goat, Sheep); and Aug 3, 8am Rabbit Show and 12:30pm Clover Kid Show.

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List of things to do before you go back to school

Hello, it’s your second favorite English teacher coming at you hot with some advice for the young and old on the back-toschool season upon us. I can almost hear that first bell ringing….

10-Go on that dang vacation already! It’s OK if we never made it to Disney this summer. And it’s totally fine if we never left the state. Mt. Rushmore will be there next year, too. But you know what won’t be there next year? The rest of THIS summer. So, pack a snack and get in the car and take a day trip to somewhere you haven’t been in a while. The zoo is nice and most parks are free. Just get out of the house and make a day of fun.

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County’s dirt roads a hot button issue

Dirt roads may have led John Denver home, but some farmers feel they aren’t doing their function in Pawnee County.

Several farmers were at the County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, July 16, to air their complaints about the status of dirt roads in the county. Later in the afternoon, the reporter asked for a tour of some of the dirt roads with a farmer in the Turkey Creek precinct. We also looked at roads in Plum Creek and then compared them to the good maintenance being done on the Johnson County roads just across the county line. Those are maintained by the Johnson County Road Department while Pawnee County’s Road Department is responsible for all the roads in our county.

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Siske named Grand Marshal

Don Siske has been named Grand Marshal of the Pawnee County Fair Parade.

Don was born and grew up on the family farm north of Burchard, NE. He attended country school at District 50 through 2nd grade when the school closed. He continued his education at Lewiston graduating with the class of 1954.

At the age of 8, Don joined the Flying Tigers 4-H Club and spent the next 9 years in the dairy project. Don's family was very active in 4-H. His brother and sister were both 4-H members, and his mother was a leader for many years.

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EPA approves sulfoxaflor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a long-term approval for the insecticide sulfoxaflor—an effective tool to control challenging pests with fewer environmental impacts. After conducting an extensive risk analysis, including the review of one of the agency’s largest datasets on the effects of a pesticide on bees, EPA is approving the use of sulfoxaflor on alfalfa, corn, cacao, grains (millet, oats), pineapple, sorghum, teff, teosinte, tree plantations, citrus, cotton, cucurbits (squash, cucumbers, watermelons, some gourds), soybeans, and strawberries.

 

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