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Lathrop Park events El Fandango – Mexican Dancing

On Fri. Aug. 13 at 7:30, enjoy El fandango.  El Fandango is Colorado′s oldest ballet folklorico dance group. The group was established in Walsenburg in 1938, and is much loved by generations of Huerfano County residents. Dance selections will be from the Mexican states of Jalisco and Nayarit, as well as traditional folk dances from southern Colorado.  Members of the group are Huerfano County students, ages 5 through 17.

    

Buffalo Grass to Black Diamonds a Historical Journey of Huerfano County

On Sat. Aug. 14 at 7:30, Jon Sudar a local history buff and Lathrop SP volunteer naturalist will take us on a journey back in time to look into the history of Huerfano County and its communities. Jon will use a beautiful and informational mural that was painted inside the Visitor Center to describe the first pioneers of the area up to the rise and fall of coal mining and then the formation of Lathrop State Park. A power point presentation will accompany his presentation as well.

     All programs will be in the Visitor Center this weekend not the Amphitheater

BRONZclay Basics

LA VETA- The La Veta school of the Arts is offering BRONZclay Basics Aug. 13,14,15 (Fri 6-9 pm, Sat & Sun 9 am-4 pm).  Students will be taught to mold, sculpt, texture, set stones and finish original bronze pieces with the new medium, BRONZclay.  This flexible material is fired in a kiln and can be used to express your own unique design sense for jewelry and/or additions to other art or sculpture.  Instructor Mary Sewell Cooper is a jewelry artist and abstract expressionist painter.  Her work can be found in several galleries and at www.marysewellcooper.com.  Class will be held at the School of the Arts — across from town park in La Veta. 

    For more information, call 719.989.0339, e-mail LaVetaArtSchool@yahoo.com, or visit our website at www.theLVSA.org. Cost is $185; plus Lab fee of $30 for supplies and use of tools.  Extra supplies will also be available at the class for cost.

Volunteers For Change to meet

COLO CITY- Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Change will hold its next bimonthly meeting at the Metropolitan District office, 4497 Bent Bros. Blvd. in Colorado City, on Sat. Aug.14 at 3 pm.  Please join us to celebrate this year′s accomplishments and plan our projects for the rest of 2010. There will be an open board meeting after the general meeting.  For further information, call Susan Kalman at 719.676-4493 or 719.250.6097.

Skate Park fundraiser

WALSENBURG- There will be a Dinner, Drawing, and Dance fundraiser for the Walsenburg Skate Park project.  It will be held by the Walsenburg Citizens Youth Foundation at the Walsenburg Community Center on Aug. 14 from 5 pm to 8 pm for dinner and 8 pm to 1 am for dancing.

Johnnys DJ Service will provide the music. There will be drawings and a beer garden (with pass, must be 21 and present I.D.)

    Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for kids (12 and under).  All proceeds go to the funding of the future Walsenburg Skatepark and Youth Enrichment Projects in the area.  For info and tickets, call  Paul @ 289-2665 or Alicia+Charles @ 738-2696

Japanese Taiko Drums and Dance

TRINIDAD- Move to the fascinating rhythms of Taiko Drums!  History Colorado’s Trinidad History Museum hosts international musicians in the Baca-Bloom Heritage Gardens, at 312 E. Main Street, on Sat. Aug. 14, 1-3 pm.  The performance is part of the “Celebrate Japan” program series.

    Taiko drums are about sound and movement—the musician’s choreography is as important as the rhythms of the drums.  Toni Yagami and Lance Acker of Denver have wowed audiences with their dynamic performances in England, Switzerland, Russia, and throughout the United States.

    Toni Yagami played with the Denver Taiko from 1978 to 1988 when she joined San Jose Taiko, a California group that has toured throughout Japan and the United States, including performances at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Yagami, who has a degree in music education, returned to Denver to start her own performance company in 1995.

Lance Acker has been playing taiko and takebue (a type of Japanese flute) since 1996. He has a master′s degree in Music Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The duo enhance their performances with energetic enthusiasm and colorful clothing.

    In Japan, every neighborhood, large and small, holds a Bon Odori (Lantern Festival) in August when taiko drums can be heard all the day into the evening.  As part of the celebration, people of all ages dress in yukata (summer kimonos) and carry fans for relief from the summer heat.

    Kazuko Nosaka will give tours of the Japanese Ethnic Garden, Marilyn Leuszler will teach brush calligraphy and Sumi-e painting, and Jude Garcia will answer questions about her exquisite Bonsai trees.  The winning haiku from the “Celebrate Japan!” contest will be read and the winner announced. Traditional snacks, including mochi rice cakes, wasabi peas, and barley tea will be served.

    Festival admission is $5 for those 13 and over, and free to children age 12 and under, museum volunteers, and History Colorado members.  Registration is required.  For more information, call the museum at 719-846-7217.

“Los Hebreos”Latin/bilingual Praise and Worship

WALSENBURG- There will be music and speaker Arturo Serrano at the Emmanuel Apostolic Temple, 711 West Second in Walsenburg on Aug. 14 at 6 pm and Aug. 15 at 2 pm.  There will be a free meal following the 2 pm service.

Museum of Friends show schedule

WALSENBURG– Opening on Aug. 14 in the newest gallery space of the Museum of Friends located on the first floor at 600 Main Street is the exhibition Brendt Berger Monumental Paintings / Linda Fleming Wood Sculptures from 1988 to 1992.  Upstairs in the special exhibition gallery are the multi-media works of Peggy Zehring in a show titled In Process.  This evening event celebration for these three distinctive artists will include refreshments, entertainment and the added attraction of shopping and dining in downtown Walsenburg before or after the MOF event.  Join us Sat. Aug. 14, 5-7 pm, for an opening reception with the artists.

    Museum hours are Tues.-Sat., noon – 5 pm.

World′s Only Alligator Rodeo this weekend 10% discount to World Journal readers

SAN LUIS VALLEY- Colorado Gators is announcing the 15th Annual Gatorfest scheduled for Aug. 14 and 15 this year.  The event is fun for all ages at the World′s only Alligator Rodeo where students who have taken the alligator wrestling class at Colorado Gators may compete against each other to see who has the least amount of brain cells (or the most guts, however you want to look at it). 

    Other events are free boat rides on the African Queen, free fishing, and barrel races for the kids.  Colorado Gators is located 17 miles north of Alamosa on Hwy 17, and is open 9 am to 7 pm.   Call 719-378-2612 for more info, or go to www.ColoradoGators.com.

    If you would like to go and try your hand at gator rodeoing, or just want to watch the fun, clip out the ad on page 8 for a ten percent discount on admission prices.

4-H Church celebrates 30 years

HUERFANO– Huerfano County 4-H church service will be celebrating 30 years on Sun. Aug. 15.  Services will be held at 10 am at the 4H fair grounds in La Veta.  RW Hampton, one of the leading Western Entertainers in America today, will be providing music.  Please come worship outside with us, weather permitting!  We will move inside if it rains.

Sculpting the Figure

LA VETA- The La Veta School of the Arts is offering Sculpting the Figure Aug. 16 – 20 (Mon – Fri 9 am to 4 pm).  This class will consist of day-to-day instruction in modeling the figure with oil-based clay.  Students will be introduced to various tools and to construction of an armature.  The figure will be created from a live model stressing anatomical structure as well as expression.  The finished sculpture will stand 20" tall.  Instructor Joan Hanley is a painter, illustrator, and sculptor whose resume includes study at the Art Institute of Chicago and establishing the La Veta Fine Art Gallery. 

    Class will be held at the La Veta School of the Arts — across from the town park in La Veta.  For more information, call 719.989.0339, e-mail LaVetaArtSchool@yahoo.com, or visit our website at www.theLVSA.org.  Cost is $375 for the five-day class.  A Lab Fee of $60 pays for the model.  Supplies can be purchased from instructor and ready-made armatures will be available if requested early enough in advance of the class.

Americans for Prosperity Colorado Event

WALSENBURG– Americans for Prosperity Colorado has launched the November is Coming effort to educate citizens across the Third Congressional District about the bankrupting votes that U.S. Congressman John Salazar has cast in Congress.  On Wed. Aug. 18, Americans for Prosperity Colorado will begin an aggressive effort to educate citizens of Walsenburg about Congressman Salazar’s votes in favor of the failed stimulus bill which cost taxpayers $787 billion and the $1.2 trillion Washington takeover of healthcare.

     The event will be held at 11:30 am at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Avenue.  There will be free t-shirts and bumper stickers available for participants and a chance to learn how they can help educate citizens about John Salazar’s wasteful spending.

     “Congressman John Salazar has voted for massive debt and mortgaged our children’s future,” said Jeff Crank, Colorado State Director of Americans for Prosperity.  “This effort will help educate the citizens of Walsenburg about the consequences of John Salazar’s votes in Washington.”

     For more information or to register for the event visit www.fightbackcolorado.com.

Good old fashioned fun Ice Cream Social

WALSENBURG– Relax in the shade, listen to live music and sip root beer floats or dip into ice cream dishes –it′s time for the annual ice cream social in Heritage Park (next to the Walsenburg railroad depot) Aug. 20.  Serving starts at 4 pm and ends at 7 pm  An old-time fiddler, choral music and an accordian will alternate to provide listening music.  Tickets, $2 each, are available from the sponsoring Walsenburg Mining Museum and its board members or at the ice cream stand.  For good seating, it would be helpful to bring your own chair.

Song of Pueblo Concert

PUEBLO- The last Song of Pueblo concert for the summer season will be held on Fri. Aug. 20, 7 pm, at El Pueblo History Museum.  Discover the region’s history with this acclaimed multi-media concert. Fourteen original compositions by noted actor, director Daniel Valdez are performed by El Pueblo Ensemble, led by Tom Munch, accompanied by Johnny Watson, David Enke and Linda Amman. Songs such as “Founder’s Fandango” and “Union Avenue” highlight hope and growth while “Corrido de Tierra Blanca,” “Death at Sand Creek” and “Ludlow Field” poignantly describe our region’s tragedies.  Bringing the oratorio together are narration and illustration using vintage images and contemporary photography and videos.

    Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 719-583-0453.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. The museum is located at 301 North Union, Pueblo.

Volleyball tournament still accepting entries

WALSENBURG- There will be a four-person co-ed volleyball tournament  on Sat. Aug. 21, starting at 8 am at the commuity center.    Entry fee is $50.   Contact Debbie Reynolds at 989-1009 for more information or to get signed up.

Hunter Education

PUEBLO- Two weekend hunter education classes will be given on Aug. 21 & 22 and Sept. 11 & 12, both from 8 am to 3 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1601 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo.  Pre-registration is required and minimum age is ten years.  For more information, call Jose Alvarado, 719-544-1922.  All persons born on or after January 1, 1949 must successfully complete a hunter education course before being able to purchase or apply for any hunting or trapping license in Colorado.  Big game archery season begins Aug. 28, 2010.

Museum of Friends offers dual credit courses

WALSENBURG- Museum of Friends in Walsenburg will be offering a dual credit art course starting this school year.  The offering is titled Art Appreciation–Art 101 and is for three credit hours.  The course will be taught by Museum of Friends co-founder, Maria C-Berger and is a transfer credit.  Class starts Sept. 10 and will meet at both the Museum of Friends and John Mall.  For more information call Maria de la Cruz at 738-1610 ext 1105.

Navajo Ranch Home Owners elect new Association President

NAVAJO- At the August 3 meeting of the Navajo Ranch Homeowners Association, Kathy Wilson was nominated and elected unanimously for a 2-year term as President.  Ms. Wilson is a long time resident of Navajo Ranch and fills the position of President recently vacated by past President William Boeck.  Additionally two Board members, Barb DiFino and Randy Wilson, were appointed and approved by the membership.  The next meeting of the Navajo Ranch Homeowners Association will be held at the Navajo Western Water District building 701 Navajo Rd. on September 14, 2010 at 7 pm.

Artists and art lovers wanted

WESTCLIFFE– Calling all artists, performers, jugglers, clowns, musicians, drummers, and folks who like to have a good time and love art to participate in the Fourth Annual Art Hullabaloo, Sat. Sept. 18, 10 am to 6 pm in downtown Westcliffe.

    Sponsored by the Sangres Art Guild, the free event promotes all forms of art in a fun, free for all.  There will be sidewalk-chalk art competition, artists painting in the downtown area, the Salida Circus, pottery and painting demonstrations, music, face painting and children′s art activities.

    The Fourth Annual Plein Air Paint Out is Fri. and Sat.  Saturday′s events from 10 am to 6 pm end with give-aways, prizes and the Plein Air art reception at the 3rd St. Gallery.

    Please call Jacque Keller, 719-783-3706 or email jacque.guild@gmail.com for more information.

Volunteers food drive successful

WALSENBURG- Dollar General  was the site for food collection for those in need in Walsenburg last Friday.  Margaret Hecht, Stirling Lathrop, and John Carlson, of the Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Change, collected more than $35 in cash and a similar number of food items at their table in the store.  The cash was spent on additional food items, and everything received was given to Dorcas Circle for distribution.  Please stop by our table on the first Friday of every month from 1 to 6 pm and drop off a can or box of nonperishable food or a household item for those in our community who need some help.  For more information call Susan at 719.250.6097.

Study Evaluates Wind Energy at Colorado Agricultural Operations

LAKEWOOD- A new study, partially funded by the Colorado Department of Agriculture′s Advancing Colorado′s Renewable Energy grant, finds that wind turbines can be cost-effective even at sites with moderate wind speeds.

    “This study is encouraging for Colorado agricultural producers that want to harness wind energy but are not located in areas with strong wind resources,” said Colorado Department of Agriculture′s Markets Division Director, Tom Lipetzky.

    A site with a marginal wind resource is classified by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) as having an average wind speed between 13.2 and 15 miles per hour at fifty meters above the ground.  A thirty-percent federal tax credit, available for wind turbines up to 100 kilowatts in size, typically lowers payback times by 4 to 6 years, the study says. Utilizing the tax credit can make wind turbines economical at sites with "marginal" wind resources.

    The study, conducted by Brink, Inc.–a Colorado-based environmental consulting company, included on-site wind speed monitoring at three agricultural operations located in Elbert, Morgan and Yuma Counties. On-site wind speed data is compared with NREL′s Colorado 50 meter Wind Resource Map.  The cost and output of several different wind turbines, along with the availability of tax credits, loans, and US Department of Agriculture grants were also reviewed to determine their effects on wind turbine payback time frames.  The report entitled, "Wind Resource Evaluation at Colorado Agricultural Operations," finds the following.

    The 30 percent federal tax credit can largely offset loan interest cost or reduce simple payback times by about five years.

    Limits on cost-share funding and federal tax credit eligibility tend to make smaller turbines more economically feasible than larger, more efficient turbines.

    Turbine payback times ranged from 4 to 23 years.

    All wind turbines are not equally efficient at producing electricity.  Buyers should examine the ratio of turbine and tower cost versus electricity output to determine the best-fit turbine.

    Besides electricity, wind turbines also produce Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), which have value to companies and individuals interested in purchasing greenhouse gas offsets.  Some Cooperative Electric Associations pay for customer-generated RECs while others claim the rights to customer-generated RECs.

    A wind turbine with a 15-year payback time frame will produce a return on investment of about three percent annually assuming a turbine life span of thirty years.

    NREL′s Colorado 50 meter Wind Resource Map is generally adequate to use when estimating small wind turbine outputs, as long as an adjustment is made for tower height differences.

    The evaluative methods used in this study may be utilized to determine the wind resource value for any type of agricultural operation.

 A copy of the report is available by visiting www.colorado.gov/ag/energy/library#wn.

    A grant from CDA’s Advancing Colorado’s Renewable Energy (ACRE) program helped fund the study.  ACRE promotes agricultural energy related projects.  For more information on this program, visit www.colorado.gov/ag/energy.

Fall tours of Picket Wire Canyon 

LA JUNTA- The U.S. Forest Service will offer guided tours into Picket Wire Canyonlands south of La Junta on the Comanche National Grassland.  Fall tours begin the first Saturday of September and run through October. These primitive canyons are home to the largest dinosaur track site in North America.

    Guided auto tours are the easiest way to visit Picket Wire Canyonlands and learn about its rich, colorful past.  During the tour, knowledgeable guides show visitors difficult to find dinosaur tracks and point out the interesting prehistoric, historic and natural features of the canyons.

    All day tours (8 am–4 pm) are offered on Saturdays in May, June, September and October for a small fee.  Due to rough roads, visitors will need their own four-wheel drive vehicle.  Space is limited.

    For additional information or to make reservations, call the U.S. Forest Service at 719-384-2181

or visit http://fs.usda.gov/goto/psicc/com.

Harvesting connections

WINTER PARK- Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association (RMAA) is hosting its annual Fall Meeting to provide industry leaders and experts an opportunity to network with their peers and strengthen business relationships. The meeting will be held in Winter Park on Sept. 8 and 9.

     “The Annual Fall Meeting provides opportunities to meet people who you normally wouldn’t run into,” Tony Leighty, RMAA president, said. “The networking that takes place at this meeting is invaluable for business.”

     Last year, more than 200 people attended the Fall Meeting. RMAA members and nonmembers who are interested in joining may register to attend.  Registration is open online at www.rmagbiz.org. Member registration is $90 before Aug. 20 and $125 after. Nonmembers can register for $175.

     The Fall Meeting begins on Wed. Sept. 8 with a reception and dinner, where agribusinessmen will meet to exchange contacts. This will provide an opportunity to make new business connections with chemical providers, equipment suppliers, growers and buyers.

     Opportunities to forge business connections and enjoy the high country continue on Thurs. The RMAA Scholarship golf tournament begins at 9:30 am at the Pole Creek Golf Club, a 27-hole course. There will also be a fishing tournament at Lake Granby. The tournament features both stream and lake fishing with a prize for the longest trout.  Last year’s winner reeled in a 23 1/4 inch trout.

     Thursday evening is the RMAA dinner and silent auction benefiting the scholarship fund. RMAA annually donates $6,000 in scholarships to students pursuing careers in agribusiness to foster the future of the agricultural industry.

     RMAA is a leader and advocate for agribusiness industries in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and West Kansas. With more than 400 members regionally from chemical and fertilizer companies, grain and feed producers and agricultural workers across the Rocky Mountain region, RMAA serves as a resource for agribusiness trends, emerging issues and industry vision. RMAA works to promote and enhance the industry by uniting members at seasonal meetings and other events, creating networking opportunities and a sense of community.

     For more information call 303-280-5208 or visit www.rmagbiz.org.

Proposed Mobile Animal Harvest Facility in Southeast ColoradoInput Needed

by Bruce Fickenscher, CSU Extension/Southeast Area

SE COLO- Southeast Colorado RC&D, along with CSU Extension and other partners, has received a Rural Development/Rural Business Enterprise Grant to perform a feasibility study to determine the possibility of securing a Mobile Animal Harvest Facility in southeast Colorado.  A series of meetings will be conducted in the southeast area to present an overview of the project, determine the amount of interest from local livestock producers, and the possible availability of animal numbers to make a mobile unit feasible.  Current plans are for the facility to harvest beef, swine, sheep, and goats. 

    A second phase of the grant, depending on information obtained from the feasibility study, will be to develop a business plan for the enterprise. Similar facilities in the United States are certified for Federal Meat Inspection.  If properly inspected facilities for cutting and wrapping can be found, the product may then be sold for retail trade to local restaurants, schools, health care facilities, retail outlets, etc.

    The proposal is not intended to take business away from current enterprises but should work to complement them.  The proposed facility will also offer employment opportunities that are not currently available.  Also, the proposed facility may increase the marketing opportunities for area livestock producers that may not be available or are untapped at the present time.

    The meeting schedule is as follows:  Aug. 30 in Ordway, Colorado at the Senior Citizen Center from 7-9 pm; Aug.31 in Kim, Colorado at the School Cafeteria from 7-9 pm; Sept. 15 in Eads, Colorado at the Kiowa County Courthouse Meeting Room from 7-9 pm; Sept. 16 in Lamar, Colorado at the Sand & Sage Fairgrounds 4-H Building from 7-9 pm.

    For more information please call Kiowa County Extension at 719-438-5321 or Southeast Colorado RC&D at 719-529-0577.

Collecting Artifacts, including Arrowheads, on Public Lands is Illegal

DURANGO- The Bureau of Land Management would like to remind you that collecting artifacts – including arrowheads – from federal public

lands or Indian Tribal lands is illegal under federal laws and regulations.  These objects are archaeological resources and remain the property of the United States.

    According to the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, people who remove artifacts may be ordered by the court to relinquish or surrender any archaeological resources, vehicles, or equipment involved in the removal. These ARPA forfeiture provisions apply as a penalty in

prosecutions regarding arrowhead removal.

    Collecting archaeological resources, including arrowheads, is a violation under Title 43 Code of Federal Regulations 8365.1-5(a)(1).  It is also a

violation of the Antiquities Act of 1906 and Title18 of the United States criminal code.  Violators may face prosecution and prison sentences of up to one year or more and/or possible fines in the tens of thousands of dollars.

    We encourage everyone to learn more about the value of archaeological sites and to visit these places with respect.  For those interested in learning about modern American Indian perspectives and the importance of cultural resources, the Visit with Respect DVD, produced by the BLM in cooperation with American Indian tribes, is available:

www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nm/canm.html.            As stewards of your public lands, the BLM asks for your assistance in preventing the loss of these irreplaceable artifacts.  BLM lands are

patrolled by federal law enforcement officers who seek your participation in protecting archaeological resources.  To report vandalism, looting, or artifact trafficking, please call (303) 239-3803, email CO_Law@blm.gov, or visit www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/law_enforcement_-/report_a_crime.html

Conservation Reserve Program General  Sign-up

WASHINGTON, D.C– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin on August 2, 2010 and continue through August 27, 2010. During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP′s competitive general sign-up at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized USDA to maintain CRP enrollment up to 32 million acres. Jim Miller, Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services, made the announcement on behalf of Secretary Vilsack during a conference call with reporters.

    "America′s farmers and ranchers play an important role in improving our environment, and for nearly 25 years, CRP has helped this nation build sound conservation practices that preserve the soil, clean our water, and restore habitat for wildlife," said Miller. "Today′s announcement will help us create a greener and healthier America, and I encourage all interested farmers and ranchers to contact their local FSA office to learn more how to take advantage of this opportunity."

    To help ensure that interested farmers and ranchers are aware of the sign-up period, USDA has signed partnership agreements with several conservation and wildlife organizations, which will play an active role in USDA′s 2010 CRP outreach efforts. Additionally, Secretary Vilsack has recorded two public service announcements, which are available to the  public at www.fsa.usda.gov/psa.

    CRP is a voluntary program that assists farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to use their environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolling in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share, and technical assistance. CRP protects millions of acres of America′s topsoil from erosion and is designed to improve the nation′s natural resources base. Participants voluntarily remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production by entering into long-term contracts for 10 to 15 years. In exchange, participants receive annual rental payments and a payment of up to 50 percent of the cost of establishing conservation practices.

    By reducing water runoff and sedimentation, CRP also protects groundwater and helps improve the condition of lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. Acreage enrolled in the CRP is planted to resource-conserving vegetative covers, making the program a major contributor to wildlife population increases in many parts of the country. As a result, CRP has provided significant opportunities for hunting and fishing on private lands.

    Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this sign-up provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall covering about 4.5 million acres may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1, 2010.

    FSA implements CRP on behalf of Commodity Credit Corporation. FSA will evaluate and rank eligible CRP offers using an Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) for environmental benefits to be gained from enrolling the land in CRP. The EBI consists of five environmental factors (wildlife, water, soil, air and enduring benefits) and cost. Decisions on the EBI cutoff will be made after the sign-up ends and after analyzing the EBI data of all the offers.

    Those who would have met previous sign-up EBI thresholds are not guaranteed a contract under this sign-up. In addition to the general sign-up, CRP′s continuous sign-up program will be ongoing. Continuous acres represent the most environmentally desirable and sensitive land. For more information, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.