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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 Third Place went to Riley Allen, Joel Chavez, KristinLopez and Javier Alvarez. Lordsburg Science Club hosts science, engineering fair .on February 25 By MICAH MONTIEL AND ASHLEY GUTIERREZ On Thursday, February 25. the Lordsburg Science Club held their first science and engineer- ing fair of 2010. Under science teacher. Mrs. Laude. students were able to participate with col- orful and informative boards which displayed their projects. "The students displayed an amazing sense of curiosity for the subject of their projects", said Mrs. Laude. "Their knowledge and creativity really made this science fair a good experience." Capturing fifth place were sophomores. Lupita Dominguez and Kristine Estrada. Fourth place went to Zichary Tecca and Kayla Gonzales. In third place were Riley Allen. Kristin Lopez. Javier Alvarez. and Joel Chavez. The second place award went to Joshua Rodriguez and Natasha Craig. Finally, in first place, Denette Mora and Kayla Newell were the overall winners. "Because it was the first sci- ence fair I&apos;ve ever participated in, I thought it was a unique and fun experience." said first place win- rer Denette Mora. "All of the other students were really excited about it all and I really hope the fairs can continue." The first place winners will be headed out to Las Cruces so they can participate in the re- gional science fair. If successful there, they will advance to the statewide competition and fur- thermore, the nationals. First Place-Denette Mora and Kayla Newell Fourth Place-Kayla Gonzales and Zachary Tecca Second Place-Natasha Craig and Joshua Rodriguez Fifth Place-Lupita Dominguez and Kirstin Lopez Sign-up for USDA ( rop Loss Assistance underway Submitted by US DIMLordsburg into account the actual value of have operated a fai'm or ranch for Arlen L. Hall. County Executive Director of the Hidalgo County Farm Service Agency (FSA) of- fice reminds producer that USDA has implemented the new Supplemental Revenue Assis- tance Payments program (SURE) in accordance with the 2008 Farm Bill. FSA county offices began accepting producer appli- cation for benefits on January 4. 2010 for crop production losses suffered during the 2008 crop year. "No sign-up deadline has been set for 2008 crop losses because FSA is waiting for automated computer software to be re- leased," said Hall. "Until the soft- ware is issued, FSA will accept applications and process pro- ducer payments manually so pro- ducers do not experience a delay in program benefits." According to Hall, eligible pro- ducers who experienced crop production losses in crop year 2009 will not aiply for SURE program benefits until Fall of 2010 as seasonal average market prices, a critical element in cal- culating program payments, will not be finalized until October at the earliest. SURE provides crop disaster as- sistance payments to eligible producers on farms that have in- curred crop production or crop quality losses. The program takes into consideration crop losses on all crops grown by a producer nationwide. SURE provides as- sistance in an amount equal to 60 percent of the difference be- tween the SURE farm guarantee and total farm revenue, The farm guarantee is based on the amount of crop insurance and, Non-in- sured.Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on the farm. Total farm revenue takes Free legal assistance offered to senior citizens Submitted by STATE BAR OF NEW MEXlCOIAIbuquerque The State Bar of New Mexict's L/wyer Referral for-the- Elderly Program (LREP) is offer- ing a free legal workshop on "Common Legal Issues for Senior Citizens" at 9:45 a.m.. March 23. at the Munson Senior Center, 975 S. Mesquite. in Las Cruces. Free half-hour legal consultations for New Mexicans 55 or older are part of the program. All seniors. family members and others who work with seniors are invited to attend. Topics include powers of attorney, advance health-care di- rectives, estate planning and Medicaid for long-term care. The workshop lasts approxi- mately one hour and fifteen min- utes and allows time for ques- tions. After the workshop, LREP staff attorneys will meet privately for free 30-minute consultations with New Mexicans 55 or older who scheduled appointments in advance. To make an appoint- ment. call the Programs Office at the senior center at (575) 528- 3000. All senior citizens who live in the area are encouraged to at- tend, even if they have previ- ously participated. This may be the only time LREP will visit the county during the next year. Established in 1983, LREP is a nonprofit program of the New Mexico State Bar Foundation. LREP operates a statewide toll- free helpline, a lawyer referral service and a local outreach pro- gram. For free helpline assis- tance, call LREP at (800) 876- 6657. production on the farm as well as insurance indemnities and cer- tain farm program payments. TO be eligible for SURE. produc- ers must have suffered at least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance. In addition, producers must meet the risk management purchase requirement by either obtaining a policy or plan of insurance, un- der the Federal Crop Insurance Act or NAP coverage, for all eco- nomically significant crops. For 2008 crops, producers had the opportunity to obtain a waiver of the risk management purchase requirement through a buy-in provision. Producers considered socially disadvantaged, a begin- ning farmer or rancher, or a lim- ited resource farmer may be eli- gible for SURE without a policy or plan of insurance or NAP cov- erage. Producers dan use the USDA's Limited Resource Self-Determi- nation Tool to help determine if they qualify as a limited resource producer for FSA disaster pro- grams. The Tool can be found by visiting: http:// www.lrftool.sc.egov.usda.gov/ tool.asp. In order to meet eligibility re- quirements as a Beginner Farmer or Rancher, a producer must not more than 10 consecutive years and materially and substantially participate in the operation of a farm. A socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher is a farmer or rancher who belongs to one of the fol- lowing groups: American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Black or African American. Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Is- lander and Hispanic. In addition to meeting the risk management purchase require- ment, a producer must have a farming interest physically lo- cated in a county that was de- clared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the Ag- riculture Secretary under a Sec- retarial Disaster Designation. Regardless of.a Secretarial Di- saster Designation, individual producers may also be eligible for SURE if the actual produc- tion on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal produc- tion on the farm due to a natu- ral disaster. For SURE, a farm is defined as all crops in which a producer had an interest na- tionwide. For more information on the new SURE program,, please visit your nearest FSA county office or http://www.fsa.usda.gov. Udall staff members to be- in Lordsburg today Staff members for U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., willbe hold- ing 'Udall Serving YoU' Office Hours for Lordsburg area residents who need help with the federal government. "If you're having trouble with a federal agency and need assis- ' tance with things like veterans' or social security benefits, my office is here to help," said Udall. "I encourage you to meet with my staff to rewew your case and find out what solutions may be available. As your United States Senator. it is my:,goal to provide every New Mexi- . can with excellent representation and assistance." Udall staff members will be at Lordsburg City Hall. 404 West Wabash Street. from noon to 3 p.m on Thursday, March 11. Some of the areas where Udall can help YoU: Veterans: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) inquiries, in- cluding veterans' benefits" and eligibility, home loans, and medal re- placements; Social Security: Social Security benefits and eligibility, missing checks: Immigration: Help with an immigration case: Housing: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) inquiries; pmble'ms with htUsing V0uchtrs, and federal loan programs: Pa'sspti-tS:'OIStaifling an &i'i&rgeiac'y pasgpt(,help vitti lot"' passport and overseas travel restrictions. For more information, or to sign up to attend Udall Serving YoU office hours in you.r area. please visit Udall's website at http:// . tomudall, senate.gov/officehours. Senior Citizens Lunch Menu Monday, March 15 Hamburger Stroganoff Egg Noodles Broccoli- Carrot/Raisin Salad Banana Tuesday, March 16 Chicken Tenders Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Spinach WW Roll/Margarine Jell-O/Fruit Wednesday, March 17 Corned Beef Cabbage Glazed Carrots WW Bread Strawberries/Bananas Thursday, March 18 Carne Adovado (Chicken) Spanish Rice Country Blend Vegetables Flour Tortilla Jell-O/Fruit Friday, March 19 Catfish Nuggets Tartar Sauce Coleslaw Green Beans WW Bread/Margarine Pineapple Upside Down Cake Community Watch meeting March 11 A Community Watch, hosted by the DWI Prevention Program, Bootheel YOuth Assoqiation and Border Area Prevention, will be held on Thursday, March 11. 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hidalgo County Complex conference room. Those attending will learn how to watch for signs of drug and alcohol use. This first Community Watch organizational meeting will join forces with other parents to watch community youth and partner to keep the community safe. 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