Craig briefs: Chamber to sponsor DOW herd meeting


The Craig Chamber of Commerce is hosting a public meeting Monday that will give residents the opportunity to hear representatives from the Colorado Division of Wildlife talk about the process they use for estimating the size of big game herds - specifically elk.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Post 62 headquarters, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

Attendees will learn about the DOW population modeling process. Modeling is necessary, as physical counts of species are impossible because of the size of the state, the complexity of terrain and the remote and reclusive nature of animals. Computer modeling of wildlife populations is a growing scientific field. Information also will be presented about the movements of elk the DOW has collared.

USDA responds to producer concerns

Valeen Jacobs, Moffat County executive director of the United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, announced Friday that the USDA has extended the sign-up deadline from June 1 to Aug. 14 for the direct and counter-cyclical program and the forthcoming average crop revenue election program. This action extends the sign-up deadline by 10 weeks in order to give producers ample time to decide whether to participate in ACRE or remain in DCP.

Sign-up for ACRE is expected to start in late April, with an original sign-up announcement to be made in coming weeks. Producers can elect ACRE at the FSA Moffat County office after the sign-up period commences. The original June 1 deadline may have forced producers to rush their decision, which is why this exten sion gives producers more time to make an informed decision about staying with DCP for 2009 or participating in ACRE for crop year 2009 and beyond through 2012.

The ACRE program, authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill, provides eligible producers a state-level revenue guarantee based on the five-year state Olympic average yield and the 2-year national average price. ACRE payments are made when state and farm-level triggers are met. By participating in ACRE, producers elect to forgo counter-cyclical payments, receive a 20 percent reduction in direct payments and a 30 percent reduction in loan rates. The decision to elect ACRE binds the farm to the program through the 2012 crop year, the last crop year covered by the 2008 Act.

For more information about ACRE, DCP and other price support programs, visit your local USDA Service Center. You also can obtain information online at


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