Craig briefs: USDA collecting cash rental data |

Craig briefs: USDA collecting cash rental data

The U.S. Department of Agriculture relies on cash rental data to develop and administer programs that benefit Colorado’s farmers and rural communities.

To provide this needed information, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service soon will begin contacting farmers and ranchers throughout the state to participate in its Cash Rents Survey.

To collect the data, officials will mail survey forms to some producers and contact others by phone as part of its routine livestock and crop surveys.

Results from the surveys will be confidential and will be reported in spring 2010, when USDA publishes the average cash rental rates at the national, state and county levels for nonirrigated cropland, irrigated cropland and pastureland.

For more information about the surveys, call the NASS Colorado field office at 1-800-392-3202.

Tea Party Patriots of Craig to meet July 22

Northwest Colorado Tea Party Patriots of Craig will meet at 7 p.m. July 22 at Loudy-Simpson Park to plan upcoming events.

The group is looking for a few interested people to join its self-directed leadership team.

Residents are encouraged to bring their family and friends to join the group’s support of fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and limited government.

For more information, call Bill or Dona Shue at 824-0105, or visit

‘Grandma Cheri’ Race battling cancer again

Cheri Race, wife of Carl Race, a former area Schwan’s man, has been diagnosed with breast cancer again.

She was known as “Grandma Cheri” by students, parents, and teachers at Ridgeview Elementary, where her grandchildren attend school.

Cheri is in Colorado Springs getting treatment, but the couple lost their health insurance as a result of Carl losing his job. An account has been set up by friends in Cheri Race’s name at First National Bank of the Rockies in Craig, in order to help pay for medical bills, transportation and other expenses.

Any donations will be appreciated and are tax deductible.

Alison’s Pantry delivers food at 8:30 a.m. today

Alison’s Pantry, a bulk mail-order food service, will deliver this month’s orders at 8:30 a.m. today.

Although local distributor Teresa Stoffle said the company takes 30 to 40 orders a month, there’s always room for more.

Residents who are interested in ordering from Alison’s Pantry, which Stoffle said is usually cheaper than grocery stores, can get more information by stopping by the delivery site at 1156 Aspen Ave., located in Shadow Mountain, or calling Stoffle at 824-7848.

The service carries several kinds of food, Stoffle said, including frozen dishes, beef, chicken, seafood and deserts.

Police Department hosts story-time Thursday

Through July 29, Moffat County Libraries officials and other local residents host Summer Reading Program story-times at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area.

Story-times begin at 11 a.m. The next scheduled dates are:

• Thursday: Craig Police Department

• July 23: Dog Safety

The final story-time will be July 29 at the Fairgrounds.

All attendees are encouraged to bring lunch, sunscreen, a hat and their imagination. In case of stormy weather, please call the library prior to 10:30 a.m. to determine if story time has been cancelled.

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