News briefs for Sept. 1

Producers in Moffat, Rio Blanco, Mesa Eagle, Garfield, Grand Jackson, Pitkin, Routt and Summit counties could be eligible for emergency loans. These counties, based on damages and losses caused by drought were included in a disaster designation. The low interest loans are available to operators of family size farms/ranches who are unable to obtain credit elsewhere. Loans are based on physical and production losses caused by drought that occurred from Jan.1 and continuing. Producers must file an application for an emergency loan through the Farm Service Agency by April 18. Each application will be considered on its own merit, taking into account the extent of losses, security available, repayment ability and other eligibility requirements. For more information, call Laurie Neilson, Farm Loan Manager, at (970) 242-9133, ext. 2, or the Moffat County Farm Service Agency, 356 Ranney St. at 824-8314, ext. 2.

Former UW professor holds free poetry reading
Robert Roripaugh, poet, novelist and former UW professor, will present "Home on the Range: Family Ranch Life in Wyoming Poetry and Prose" at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Savery Museum in Wyoming. This program is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Little Snake River Museum and Carbon County's "Barn Again" activities. Call (307) 721-9243.

Nominations due Friday
for farm committee
Are you a farmer, rancher or producer of agricultural products? If so, the U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages you to become a member of your own Farm Service Agency County Committee. The deadline to nominate candidates to your local Farm Service Agency County Committee is Friday. The USDA is looking for nominations from all producers -- community organizations can nominate candidates too. FSA County Committee allows you a voice in how the Agency's farm programs are administered in your community. County Committees play an important role in making decisions on commodity price support loans and payments; conservation and disaster programs; and other important agricultural issues. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, and voting takes place between Nov. 8 and Dec. 6. Learn more by visiting a USDA Service Center online at: www.fsa.usda.gov. or call Moffat County Farm Service Agency, 356 Ranney St., in Craig at 824-8314.

Historical Wyoming trek scheduled Saturday
A historical and educational trek is scheduled for Saturday and is hosted by the Little Snake Rive Valley Museum and Carbon County's "Barn Again" activities. Treksters will leave the Drifter Inn's parking lot in Baggs, Wyoming at 8 a.m. and will travel the Savery Stock Drive between Baggs and Encampment, Wyo. There will be even more natural sites to visit after 4 p.m. for those wishing to continue with the trek. The round trip will cover 90 miles of historical and educational sites featuring the sheep industry of the Little Snake River Valley in south central Wyoming and will end at 6:30 p.m. in Baggs.
Included will be visits to the following areas: the sheep wagon- where a history of the wagon will be given; sheep shearing sheds of the area; viewing of a lambing shed and photo stop at the Slater store. Lunch break will be at the Little Snake River Museum where there will be an opportunity to view the museum and learn about some of the large sheep companies. The afternoon will include stock drive trails and stock driveways to the government counting corrals and areas where arborglyphs are abundant. The final stop will be at sheep bridge crossing over Battle Creek.
Call tour leader Linda Fleming at (307) 282-7645.

Little Snake River music fest scheduled Saturday
The Third annual Little Snake River MusicFest is Sunday. For decades, Great Aunt Gretchen Hancock entertained families that ran their sheep along Slater Creek with her spirit and beautiful piano playing. Since the first MusicFest, participants have been drawn together through family ties, friendship, a love of music and the Colorado/Wyoming countryside. This year's MusicFest will be from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Little Snake River Museum in Savery, Wyo. This event is sponsored by the Museum, the Wyoming Arts Council and Carbon County Visitors Council: donations are accepted. Call (307) 383-7645 or (720) 898-9575.

Draft Horse Classic
returns to Western Slope
Preparations are under way for the third annual Colorado Draft Horse Classic and Regional Shire Show at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle on Friday and Saturday.
This event will feature exhibitions of two-, four-, and six-up hitches, as well as men's and ladies' cart, mule and farm teams, log skidding, team racing and obstacle courses. Also scheduled this year are classes for Western Regional Shire Show, draft and sport horse under saddle in both English and Western attire, and more. Call Sharon McLin at 876-5979 or Kim Murchison at 825-1142.

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