FSA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities and to purchase portable (new or used) structures, equipment and storage and handling trucks.
The low-interest funds can be used to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, oats, peanuts, wheat, barley, minor oilseeds harvested as whole grain, pulse crops (lentils, chickpeas and dry peas), hay, honey, renewable biomass, fruits, nuts and vegetables for cold storage facilities, floriculture, hops, maple sap, rye, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, meat and poultry (unprocessed), eggs, and aquaculture (excluding systems that maintain live animals through uptake and discharge of water). Qualified facilities include grain bins, hay barns and cold storage facilities for eligible commodities.
Loans up to $50,000 can be secured by a promissory note/security agreement and loans between $50,000 and $100,000 may require additional security. Loans exceeding $100,000 require additional security.
Producers do not need to demonstrate the lack of commercial credit availability to apply. The loans are designed to assist a diverse range of farming operations, including small and mid-sized businesses, new farmers, operations supplying local food and farmers markets, non-traditional farm products, and underserved producers.
To learn more about the FSA Farm Storage Facility Loan, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupportor contact your local FSA county office.To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
Xcel Energy Prepares For Potential Spring Flooding
Heavy rain and snowmelt may contribute to flooding in homes and at energy facilities
Minneapolis (March 18, 2019) – After historic snowfall in February, followed by a quick warm-up and heavy rains this month, the risk of flooding in the Upper Midwest continues to grow, including the risk of soggy basements and flooded streets. Xcel Energy is preparing for potential flooding that may affect our facilities, as well as providing safety information to customers who may be affected.
Customers can take steps to remain safe
Xcel Energy urges caution for customers who now may experience flooding in their homes and businesses. In certain flood-related situations, Xcel Energy may need to disconnect electric and/or natural gas service to ensure customer safety. Customers should not attempt to disconnect electricity or natural gas service themselves and are encouraged to contact Xcel Energy customer service at 1-800-895-4999 with questions or concerns. Here are some steps customers can take to stay safe and prepare for flooding in their area. If you have water in your basement:
Do not touch or attempt to unplug or disconnect an electrical appliance if you have to stand in water to do it. Don’t even attempt it on a damp floor.
If you think the water might rise high enough to cover basement electrical outlets, switch off the circuit breakers (or remove the fuses) at the main electrical box. Don’t go into the basement if there is water already on the floor.
If you plan to use a standby generator, please use extreme caution, and make sure it is properly installed and maintained.
Workers preparing for potential flooding throughout the region
Utility workers are identifying potential facilities, such as substations and power plants that may be affected by flooding. As many power plants are located near rivers, these facilities have plans in place to protect the plants and ensure they can continue operating if rivers rise out of their banks. Additionally, plans are in place to respond to flooding-related outages that affect substations or power lines.
“Our employees are ready to respond to flooding-related issues at our facilities and throughout the communities we serve,” said Lee Nordby, director control centers and trouble operations. “We’re developing plans to protect our infrastructure from floods to prevent any outages, as well as sending crews to restore power if outages occur.
Stay informed -- Sign up for outage notifications
If flooding or other weather events cause electrical outages, it’s important for customers to have access to the most recent updates about their power restoration. Customers can sign up for outage notifications through the My Account feature on the Xcel Energy website or by downloading the mobile app available on iOS and Android. Additionally, the website hosts an outage map that displays information on the number of customers out and anticipated time for restoration. Customers can also stay informed by following Xcel Energy on Facebook and Twitter.
Report your outage
Customers can help Xcel Energy get a jump on power restoration by reporting outages. Customers have a number of ways to report their outage.
·Text OUT to 98936 to report an outage or text STAT to check the status of your outage.
·Via the Xcel Energy mobile app available on iOS and Android
·Online at xcelenergy.com/out
·Call 1-800-895-1999 and follow the prompts—the automated phone reporting system lets customers report outages in less than 60 seconds. Once the cause of the problem is identified, the system or an Xcel Energy representative will provide customers with an estimated restoration time.
Other ways customers can prepare, stay safe
·Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume an electric line, even one that is on or near the ground, is energized and therefore dangerous. Never, under any circumstance, touch or move a downed power line. If you come across a downed power line, leave the area and report it immediately by calling 1-800-895-1999.
·Build a home emergency kit. Xcel Energy recommends assembling an easily accessible kit that can be used in the event of a power outage. Useful items may include:
•Xcel Energy phone numbers - 1-800-895-1999 for residential or 1-800-481-4700 for business
•Battery-powered radio or television
•Back up phone chargers
•A phone that does not require electricity
•Non-electric alarm clock
•Bottled water and nonperishable food
•Manual can opener
•First aid kit
•Extension cords (for partial outages)
•Manufacturer’s instructions on how to manually open power-operated doors (e.g., garage doors)
Doo-Wah Riders to be last performance in Slayton for the Prairie Music
A High energy country band with a Cajun twist. There is no other country band like the Doo-Wah Riders! For over 30 years they have been riding their own patch of the musical range throughout the west, but now they are coming to the Midwest! They will appear here in Slayton, on Friday, March 29th at 7:30 pm at the MCC Auditorium as one of the Prairie Music Concert Association’s current series of concerts. Note this will be the last Prairie Music Concert in Slayton.
The Doo- Wah Riders posses the rare combination of many years of experience and youthful energy, fired by a love of what they do. The Doo- Wahs are country, with a unique, original sound which they define as “high energy country with a Cajun twist”. Their tight musicianship and powerful arrangements of classic country and original songs have made them favorites everywhere they go.
The Doo- Wah Riders have appeared in concert with many well known country legends including Garth Brooks, George Strait, Alabama, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, The Judds, Brad Paisley, Randy Travis, The Oak Ridge Boys, Travis Tritt, Leann Rimes, John Denver, The Statler Brothers, and as backup band for numerous other country favorites, including Glen Campbell, Billy Ray Cyrus, Martina McBride and others.
Please contact Sandy at 836-8395 or Jan at 479-3048 for further information regarding this exciting country/Cajun concert.
By: John Stenen
Scripture shows us that Jesus is a great friend to sinners.After all, He did come to seek and to save those who are lost. Sinners loved to be around Jesus because He is such a loving person; He is so forgiving, and compassionate, and easy to talk to. When they met Jesus they found purpose for living, and a great hope was instilled into their lives for both this life and the life to come. In fact, they found ‘new life’ in Christ - everlasting life.
Jesus is TRUTH, (John 14:6). Being truth – He always spoke truth. He never just tried to tickle the ears of those who came to hear Him. He also is an outstanding teacher and taught with great authority and amazed those who listened to Him. Many today compromise and go with the crowd, even if the crowd is wrong. Jesus would stand alone if necessary for He only desired to please His Father.
Jesus was God the Son, manifest in the flesh, (John 1:1-14). Throughout His ministry He was showing us what the Father God was like. The greatest thing you and I can do in life is to repent of our sin and receive Christ as Savior and Lord. That means live every day for Him and strive to bring glory to Him. (Mt. 5:16).
There is a group of sinners who do not want to come to Jesus; they do not want to hear what He has to say- for you see, they love their sin. They love to walk in darkness and hate to come to the light because their deeds are evil. (John 3:16-21). If only they knew that it is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance. (Rom. 2:4).I believe one of the saddest Scriptures ever recorded is found in John 5:40, “And ye would not come to Me, that ye might have life.”
MCC Elementary Backpack Program
By: Nikki Cheskie – MCC Elementary Mental Health Coordinator MCC Elementary was approached last spring by Chandler Feed with the idea of starting a Backpack Program in our local school.Chandler Feed’s professional connections with the Nutra Blend Company provided a start-up grant through the Nutra Blend “Drive to Feed Program”.
The goal of the Backpack Program is to reduce childhood hunger by sending food packages home with identified students each weekend.This is a time when students are unable to access school breakfast and lunch programs to meet their nutritional needs. These types of programs have become popular around the country in recent years.MCC Elementary currently has 46 students participating in our Backpack Program
Each week, Backpack Program participants receive 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 2 boxes of 100% juice, 2 fruit items, and 2 snack items.We aim to keep the cost of the food and packaging materials to between $5-$6 per student each week.We also make sure that the food items are shelf-stable and easy to prepare.We have gotten wonderful feedback from participants and their families in response to this program.It is helping to fill a need for children and families in our school district.We are currently seeking other grant opportunities in hopes of continuing, and possibly expanding, the Backpack Program into the 2019-2020 school year.
A special thanks goes out to the local organizations and individuals who have made financial donations to help support and maintain the Backpack Program – Slayton Women of Today, Kiwanis Club of Slayton, Hearts & Hands of Murray County, Iona Presbyterian Church, Slayton Firefighters Relief Association, and Mark Schleisman.We are also grateful to Sally Boelter and Mary Homan for volunteering to help prepare and deliver the food packages, as well as MCC Food Service Director, Kerry Peterson for her help and support.
If you are interested in making a financial contribution to help support the MCC Backpack Program, please contact Nikki Cheskie at 836-6450 ext. 5130.