Craig briefs for Nov. 28

FSA to operate out of Steamboat

Lewis Frank, executive director of the Colorado Farm Service Agency, announced Tuesday a temporary office solution for producers serviced by the Moffat County Farm Service Agency office, which was located in the Country Mall.

The mall burned Sunday night.

Producers with operations in Moffat County are to call the Routt County FSA office in Steamboat Springs for assistance with their day-to-day business transactions. All Moffat County FSA employees are working at the Routt County location, 1475 Pine Grove Road.

"The Farm Service Agency is currently accepting applications for several disaster programs and county committee elections are also underway," Frank said. "In spite of the office closure due to this fire, Moffat County farmers and ranchers can be assured that business will continue with as little interruption as possible at FSA. Employees in the Routt County office are prepared to provide the same personal and professional service those farmers and ranchers have come to rely on at the office in Craig."

FSA is accepting applications for disaster aid programs including the Livestock Compensation Program, Livestock Indemnity Program and Crop Disaster Program.

Sign-up for the Dairy Disaster Aid Program begins Dec. 3. The FSA County Committee election period began Nov. 2. Ballots are due Dec. 3.

"FSA is working to quickly assess the extent of damage due to the fire," Frank said. "We are working cooperatively with our sister agencies, rural development and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to ascertain the immediate needs of the producers we serve and will notify the county's farmers and ranchers as more information becomes available."

For more information, call the Routt County FSA at 970-879-3225.

Addiction clinic Saturday at gym

Trapper Fitness Center, in conjunction with Colorado Northwestern Community College, hosts the final seminar Saturday of "The Sober and Clean Clinic."

The clinic aids in the recovery of alcoholism and drug addiction. The theme of the clinic is "changing playmates, playgrounds and playthings."

Organizers warn that the clinic is "not a magic pill or magic wand" but a seminar designed to teach addicts a different lifestyle by using fitness as a way to avoid relapse.

"This is but one small tool to use in the effort to stay clean and sober," according to a Fitness Center press release. "Yet, every tool ought to be used in this struggle."

The clinic is from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Fitness Center, 261 Commerce St. The Fitness Center will be open to only seminar participants, and organizers said anonymity will be protected.

Moffat County named in disaster declaration

Moffat County has been named as a contiguous county to one or more counties in Wyoming in the Secretarial Natural Disaster Determination, the Moffat County USDA Farm Service Agency reported.

The disaster declaration was due to losses caused by drought that occurred from Jan. 1 and on.

As a result of the declaration, Moffat County is eligible for federal disaster assistance, which includes Farm Service Agency emergency loans for eligible family farmers. Family-sized farm operations in eligible counties may qualify for low-interest emergency loans from the FSA, provided certain requirements are met.

Emergency loan applications will be accepted through July 7, 2008. Applications may be picked up at the Farm Service Agency in Steamboat Springs, 1475 Pine Grove Road.

For more information, call 970-879-3225.

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