first_imgCiaran Brogan and supporters celebrate: Pix North West News PixCOUNCILLOR Ciaran Brogan has been re-elected to Donegal County Council.Cllr Brogan’s friends and relatives celebrated with him in Letterkenny as the returning officer announced he had passed the quota with 11 votes to spare on the sixth count.“I want to personally thank each and every person who came out and voted for me and the other Fianna Fail candidates,” he told Donegal Daily. “The party has done very well in these local elections in Donegal and I want to pay tribute to all those who stood for the party, those who won seats and those who battled for them.”ELECTED (LETTERKENNY): CIARAN BROGAN (FF) was last modified: May 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ciaran Broganre-electedlast_img read more

FSA Programs in Nebraska

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterSCRIBNER, Neb. (DTN) — Nebraska farmers affected by the devastating effects of recent floods and blizzards can use USDA Farm Service Agency cost-sharing programs to help recover financially. However, there are several rules and regulations producers must follow to receive aid.At a flood information meeting in Scribner, Nebraska, on April 2, officials from FSA, NRCS and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension spoke about the different resources available to farmers affected by the severe flooding.The meeting, along with two other similar meetings held in different locations this week, drew a total of more than 180 producers from several east-central Nebraska counties that were affected by severe flooding.INS AND OUTS OF ECPThe majority of the meeting was dedicated to discussing the Emergency Conservation Program. County Executive Director for the Dodge-Sarpy/Douglas FSA Bryan Ralston told the crowd the program provides cost-share to producers who have had severe damage to farmland and pastures due to a natural disaster.The program pays up to 75% of the actual cost to repair land and the cost-share cannot exceed 50% of the agricultural market value of the affected land.Practices available to producers to address the damage include debris removal from crop and pasture land, fence restoration, grading, shaping and leveling land, conservation structure restoration and shelterbelt restoration.The requirements of ECP stipulate the damage to fields must be of such magnitude that it would be too costly for the producer to rehabilitate without federal assistance, he said. The minimum qualifying cost of restoration is $1,000 per participant.“Looking around, we certainly have this on many of our farms,” Ralston said.The ECP is limited to agricultural producers and those who have an interest in the farm and contribute part of the practice cost to be eligible. Land eligible for the program is physically located in the county approved for ECP and must be used to commercially produce agricultural commodities and must continue to be used for ag production in the future.Payment limitations would be $200,000 maximum per person or legal entity per disaster. Several questions came up in this discussion, such as if this dollar amount covered a husband and wife owning a farm, and what if you are part of a corporation.Eligible cost-share items would be things such as new or used materials, services, labor, equipment and sales tax. The ECP cost-share is not authorized for rehabilitating stream banks, channels, levees, dikes, roads or recreational uses.DON’T START YETRalston said any work done to fields before the request is fielded in the county office is ineligible. In addition, any practice started before an Environmental and Cultural Resource Evaluation was completed or before it was approved by the County FSA Committee will be ineligible as well.“You have to come talk to us first before any work begins to be eligible,” he said.He said there are four parts of the ECP: removing debris (EC1), grading, shaping and releveling (EC2), restoring permanent fences (EC3) and restoring conservation structures and other installations (EC4).The application process would start with a producer submitting an application on FSA-848. At this point an Environmental and Cultural Resource Evaluation will be completed, which is a requirement of all ECP practices.Ralston said producers will need to keep track of their bills and receipts and they will also need to separate out bills for work done on ineligible land and/or practices. Documentation, such as invoices, canceled checks, and paid receipts must be submitted for payment from FSA.Producers need to submit itemized statements if they complete practices with their own labor, equipment or materials. Dates of work performed, cost per hour charged for labor, type of equipment used, charge for equipment, type and cost of material used and other applicable information will be needed.Signup dates for ECP run from March 25 through May 25, 2019. Ralston said if you have already called his office, you are on the list to be called for an appointment.LIP QUESTIONSThe second half of Ralston’s presentation was dedicated to the Livestock Indemnity Program. This program compensates livestock owners for livestock death losses that occur in excess of normal mortality because of an adverse weather event.Normal mortality is a key part of LIP and defined as the numerical amount computed by a percentage of expected livestock deaths by category that normally occurs during a calendar year, he said.Ralston gave an example of normal mortality. A producer owned 200 head of adult beef cattle on the beginning date of an eligible adverse weather event.Normal mortality is 1.5% and five head were lost. So, you would multiple the 200 head by the 1.5% and you get three, which becomes the loss threshold.In this example, two head of adult beef cattle would be eligible for an LIP payment.Among the loss conditions in LIP would be adverse weather events. This could be blizzard, extreme cold, winter storms, flooding or a combination of weather conditions may be approved.Producers would have to document their death losses. There are different ways to do this from photos to rendering truck receipts to even bank or veterinary records. If these are not available, a third-party certification is possible in which someone not affiliated to the operation can be used as proof of death losses.Ralston said livestock death has to be within 30 days of the weather event and the notice of loss has to be filed with FSA within 30 days of death. File application for payment as well as all supporting documentation is due within 60 days of the end of the calendar year.Russ Quinn can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(ES/SK/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

My House is Too Hot

first_imgDuring the summer, your house is too hot. What’s the solution?The simplest thing to do, of course, is to get a bigger air conditioner. That crude solution certainly works: if you blast enough cold air into a building — even a leaky, poorly insulated building — you can lower the indoor air temperature. (Of course, adopting this approach is no guarantee of success, since central air conditioning systems are often poorly designed and haphazardly installed.)If you care about efficiency (or your pocketbook), and your house is too hot, you’ll probably prefer a more intelligent and nuanced approach than “I need a bigger air conditioner.” How do homes get hot? So before you install a powerful new air conditioner, you should first investigate whether you can address the factors that are making your house hot in the first place.There are five basic ways that homes get hot:Deciding which mechanism is responsible for your hot-house problem takes judgment. In most hot homes, the three biggest factors are solar heat gain through windows, thin ceiling insulation, and ducts located in an unconditioned attic. Solar heat gain through windows In general, the first line of attack should probably be to address any unshaded windows — especially east-facing windows and west-facing windows. Solutions include:What about interior shades or blinds? They can help a little bit — but nowhere near as much as exterior shades or blinds. Interior blinds don’t stop solar heat from entering your house. The radiating heat enters through the glass and hits the blinds. The blinds heat up, and then the blinds radiate that heat into the room. So the heat ends up indoors.For more information on solar-control measures for windows, see these three articles: Thin ceiling insulation… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more