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7 OROrttt?utft¢‘99t¢tttfimxfig 30? 7? SWIM PAPERS "CM Wfififm QZTWRMROADAVE SHELTON. WA 985848847 Senator outlines expected effects of new farm BISMARCK - At the North pakota Farmers Union state conven- tion on Dec. 15, Sen. John Hoeven, R—N.D.,.outlined the farm bill that Congress has approved. Hoeven said he worked to include the following priorities in the final farm bill: Maintaining crop insurance: The farm bill maintains strong crop insurance policy. - Increased access to capital: The bill includes a version of Hoeven’s Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act to provide producers, including beginning farmers, with greater ac- cess to the capital necessary to start or grow their operations. The bill in- creases the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) guaranteed operation and ownership loans from $1.39 million to $1.75 million, direct operating loans from $300,000 to $400,000 and direct ownership loans from $300,000 to $600,000. - Improvements to ARC and Price Loss Coverage (PLC): Hoeven worked to build on strengths in the commodity portion of the law from both the Senate and House bills. A conference agreement includes Hoeven’s proposal to reduce ARC disparities from county to county. It :also includes an increase to the "plug The official newspaper of Beach and (ioltlen \iille) (hunt). North Dakota. 58021 Sounds of the Season Bank of the West held its Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, Dec. 7, and with that the an- nual second-grade Christmas carolers from Lincoln Elementary. (Photos by Jane Cook) yield" in ARC and uses trend ad- justed yields under ARC. The bill updates the PLC program to allow reference pricestoi‘ncrease,” Additionally, farmers will‘be allowed to make a new election between ARC and PLC in 2019, again in 2021 and annually in the following years. Increases for marketing assis- tance loans (MAL): The bill in— creases MAL, a marketing tool that helps producers meet cash flow needs at harvest time without having to sell their commodities during the typical harvest-time low prices. - Improvements to CRP and wet- land exemptions: Both Senate and House farm bills make changes to the Conservation Reserve Pregram, Maintains private property rights: At Hoeven’s urging, a pro- posal to authorize permanent ease- ments was rejected by the conferees in defense of the private property rights of farmers and ranchers. - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) site visit: Improves the quality of the wetland appeals process by requiring NRCS to con- duct a site visit with the participant after an appeal has been filed. ' Environmental Quality Incen- tives Program (EQIP): Maintains EQIP and the full suite of other con- servation programs. Ag research: The final bill maintains land—grant formula re— .search, funding. It also, includes in: ‘ creased funding from the Senate version for other USDA research programs, including the US. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative, which benefits research conducted at North Dakota State University. - Maintains the Water Bank Pro- gram. ' ' Honey Bee storage: Includes a Hoeven provision that makes bee— keepers eligible to apply to the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program for ‘ low-interest loans to support the con- struction of temporary refrigerated beehive storage facilities. Opioid grant funding for rural communities: Includes legisla- tion to help rural communities com- bat the opioid abuse epidemic through the USDA Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program. Farmers First Act: Includes Ho- even—cosponsored provisions to as- sist states with establishing helplines, training and support groups as well as reestablish the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network and a new farm and ranch stress assessment committee. iMeetings regarding four-day week set By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter FAIRFIELD The Billings County School District will hold two public informational meetings next month re- garding a proposed four-day school week. After the meetings, the School Board will decided if the plan should be implemented. The four—day week could start in the fall of 2019. i The first meeting is scheduled for '6 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Prairie School, Fairfield. The second meeting is planned for 6 pm, Thursday, Jan. :10, at the Medora Community Center. The board's next meeting is planned for Jan. 15, and time will be allotted on the agenda if district pa- trons have additional questions about the four-day week. A decision about the shorter week may be made at the board's February meeting. The state's Wishing You A Merry Christmas As we celebrate this joyous season of Christmas, we remember the birth of our Lord and ‘ Savior, Jesus Christ. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas! annual deadline for such changes is March 1. At the board's Dec. 13 meeting, School District Business Manager Tammy Simnioniw, Principal Shae Peplinski and Assistant Principal Danielle O'Brien reported on cost savings for bussing, the hot lunch program, and staffing wages and ben- efits. It was determined that costs wouldn't be dramatically lower. The discussion also involved reviewing topics about which patrons may have questions during the January meet— ings. Simnioniw explained that with the hot lunch program, the fixed costs mean serving fewer meals wouldn't translate into a large cost savings. Peplinski reported that bussing costs wouldn't be too different because the high school buses would continue to run five days a week. Employees who are paid by the hour would be working longer days, and so the overall cost savings in that regard alsowouldn’t be large. Overall, there would be a total of 13 additional days during the school year when no classes would be held, said O'Brien. Board member Anita Adams said she believes a lot of people are open to the idea of a four-day week. How— ever, she said she is wom'ed that they would have no answers for patrons who are against the shorter week and say they would shift their students to other schools. In February 2018, it was decided to set Dec. 31, 2018, as the deadline for completing research on the idea of a shorter school week. The board de- cided on Dec. 13 to rescind the Febru- ary decision to allow for the discussion to continue into 2019. We will be closed all day Dec. 24 and 25. We will close at 1 pm. Dec. 31, and we'll be closed all of Jan. 1. l SI'S Ill-280 is}: More than 6, ol. 8‘). \0. l5 my fi‘ . 1- 75 cents December 20. 2018 1,]; soo H Wmfi technology positions needed by 2026 BISMARCK The Technology Council of North Dakota (TechND) recently published its biennial publi- cation, the 2019 State of the Tech- nology Industry Guide. It says more than 6,500 new and replacement technology workers across all industries, including agri— culture, energy, healthcare, and fi— nance, will be needed in North Dakota by 2026. Demand for tech- nology positions will create the need for 1,340 employees to fill new posi- tions. The remaining positions will be replacements. “The need for technology profes— sionals is projected to increase as technology is found in virtually every workplace. The success of North Dakota’s private, public and nonprofit sectors increasingly de- pends on individuals who have the skills to develop and/or use technol- ogy efficiently and effectively,” said TechN D President Jeremy Neuharth, CEO and founder of Sycorr in Fargo. “To address this workforce issue longterm, TechND is partnering with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and others on the North Dakota Computer and Cyber Gift om Santa Sciences Education Initiative, which will establish North Dakota as the first state in the nation to provide technology and security fundamen— tals for all North Dakota students by adopting K-12 computer and cyber science standards," said Neuharth. There are 7,880 North Dakotans in technology positions, and this pro- . jected growth means, replacement combined with new positions will equal 82 percent of the state’s current technology workforce. Computer science teachers, post- secondary, is the technology occupa— tion with the highest percentage of projected growth (30 percent). Infor- mation security analysts (3.5 per— cent) and software developers, applications (2.9 percent), are the technology occupations with the sec— ond and third highest percentage of projected growth. Through 2026, the three technology occupations pro- jected to have the largest number of openings include computer user sup- port specialists with 1,397 openings; software developer, applications, with 1,324 openings; and network and computer systems administrators with 573 openings. Klansy 0e receives a gift from Santa Claus after the Medora school's holiday program on Dec. 13. (Photo by Richard Volesky) NDSU: Don't let last—minute spending ruin your budget The National Retail Federation expects holiday retail sales for 2018 to increase 4.3 to 4.8 percent from 2017. "You may be thinking that this doesn't matter because you have most of your gifts purchased," says Carrie Johnson, North Dakota State University Extension personal and family finance specialist. "But last- minute purchases, such as gifts for those you forgot to add to your shop- ping list or stocking stuffers, can bust any carefully constructed budget. Or maybe you forget to add gift wrap, holiday cards and other supplies to your budget this year." Here are some tips to help you stay within your holiday budget: 872-3656 * Make sure you don't get carried away. Sometimes you think you need just one more gift for someone, and then you realize you forgot someone else, or maybe more than one other person. Or maybe you have multiple children and decide to buy some- thing inexpensive for one of them. So then you need to purchase a gift for the rest of the children, and pretty soon you have spent way more than you planned. Make sure you are buy- ing gifts only for those who were on your original holiday list and you stick to the budget you set. . * Stay on top of your spending. Keep track of everything. You may feel like you have gotten such great deals that your purchases don‘t mat- Golva Member FDIC x a First State Bank Medora 623-5000 ‘ ATM i’n Beach & Medora Iobb 5-“rtt‘V’ri’557'iitu‘n: .a‘xx‘l’sfi _- r ~ ~ w l .» ter. You may have chosen to charge your gifts on a credit card. Remem- ber, if you end up paying interest on the item, you are spending more than just the sale price. "f- Even if you are buying last- minute gifts, you can get the best price by comparison shopping. Some stores will price match, even online prices. If not, you may be able to order the item online and still get it time for the big day. If it won't arrive in time, avoid paying for expedited shipping. * Make homemade gifts. If you are artistic, crafts may be the best Budget (Continued on Page 10) Beach 872-4444 y