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Black Hawk County Farm Bureau Scholarships Offered

Black Hawk County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce they will be offering scholarships again this year. These county scholarships are available to any son and/or daughter of Black Hawk County Farm Bureau members. The county scholarship is open to high school seniors regardless of what their area of study will be in college. Farm Bureau memberships are not limited to farmers.
The application is available at your local guidance office and the Farm Bureau office. Applications must be postmarked on or before March 2, 2015, to be eligible. The completed application and all necessary papers must be returned to Black Hawk County Farm Bureau at 3315 W. 4th St, Waterloo, IA 50701.
If a student is considering an ag or agribusiness field of study they are eligible for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation state scholarship. They only need to complete the state application to be considered for both the state and county scholarships. To get the state application and see the complete eligibility guidelines please visit www.iowafarmbureau.com.
If you have any questions please contact Becky at the Black Hawk County Farm Bureau office, 319-234-2747.

Blood Supply Dips to Critical Level

LifeServe Blood Center, the sole supplier of blood products to more than 100 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, urgently needs donors to give blood to increase the blood supply. Recent winter weather has caused the blood supply to dip to a critically low level. In fact, nearly 200 units of blood were lost due to cancellations, closings and delayed collection efforts. Currently, there is less than a one day supply of most blood types on the shelf.
“We normally have a 3-5 day blood supply on our shelves,” said Stacy Sime, Chief Executive Officer for LifeServe Blood Center. “We need to immediately increase our blood supply and we are calling upon the community for help,” said Sime. The recent winter storm following the holidays has impacted blood collection efforts across our tri-state area, however, the demand for blood continues at a steady pace.
Donors are urged to schedule appointments or walk-in to donate at the Cedar Valley Donor Center located at 3254 Kimball Ave, Waterloo. The donor center will be open for donations: Mondays 11 AM – 6 PM and Fridays from 6:30 – 1:30. Mobile drives are also taking place in the following communities:
January 16 at Virginia Gay Hospital – Cafeteria, located at 502 N 9th Ave in Vinton, from 1 – 5:30 PM.
January 20 at Dysart United Methodist Church – Fellowship Center located at 602 Tilford St. in Dysart, from 1 – 6 PM.

Waterloo Community Playhouse to Present FROST/NIXON

The Waterloo Community Playhouse has cast eight talented, area actors in roles for its upcoming production of FROST/NIXON. The show is a fictionalization of the famous interviews David Frost conducted with disgraced former President Richard Nixon in 1977, as a part of Nixon’s efforts to improve his image. Nixon, living in San Clemente in Orange County, California, agreed to the interviews when prompted to do so by his literary agent, Irving Lazar. “Structured as a prize fight between two starkly ambitious men in professional crisis, FROST/NIXON makes it clear that the competitor who controls the camera reaps the spoil.”-New York Times
Performance dates and times are January 23, 24, 29 & 30 at 7 PM; January 25 at 2 PM. Tickets for the performance are available online at www.wcpbhct.org or by calling 319-235-0367. The box office will open for public sales on January 15th. Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday from 1-6 PM. The box office is located inside the Waterloo Center for the Arts and can be reach at 319-291-4494.

Meeting to Address New Farm Bill Programs

Farmers and landowners will learn about the new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2104 (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill) at an informational meeting with guest speakers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and local USDA Farm Service Agency staff members on Monday, January 26, 2015, from 6-8 PM at Hawkeye Community College, Tama Hall.
The Farm Bill – Program Overview meetings will focus on the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) that will be administered by USDA Farm Service Agency, and the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) administered by USDA Risk Management Agency through federal crop insurance providers. “Extension farm management specialists are prepared to discuss decisions farmers and landowners will need to make in the coming months regarding Price Loss Coverage, County Agricultural Risk Coverage, and Individual Agricultural Risk Coverage options,” said Kristen Schulte, farm management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Joining Extension and Outreach at the meetings will be local FSA staff members who administer the programs.”
The main topics that will be covered during the meetings are:
Base reallocation
Yield updating
Price Loss Coverage (PLC)
Ag Risk Coverage (ARC)
Implications of PLC and ARC on participation in the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO)
The timeline when decisions need to be made along with information about online Farm Bill decision tools will also be shared at the meetings.
Register by calling the Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach Office at 319-234-6811. There is no charge to attend.
For other meeting locations and dates visit the Ag Decision Maker Farm Bill website at www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/info/farmbill.html. The Ag Decision Maker website also contains useful links and resources related to Farm Bill decision making.

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