Pondera County and eight others had qualified for natural disaster assistance because contiguous to Toole and Valley counties that were designated as primary natural disaster areas.
The other counties include Glacier, Liberty, Phillips, Daniels, Garfield, McCone, and Roosevelt.
The counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Nov. 24, making all qualified farm operators eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided requirements are met.
Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses from drought and other disasters that occurred in 2009.
The FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability
The FSA also has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.
The USDA Other programs are available to assist farmers and ranchers, such as the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), which was approved as part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; the Emergency Conservation Program; Federal Crop Insurance; and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.
Interested farmers may contact our local FSA office at 278-7611 for further information and requirements or see their website at disaster.fsa.usda.gov .
The Conrad Cowboys ended their season in October as the Cowboys rode a two game win streak into the off season.
While they missed the playoffs there were still some noteworthy accomplishments that need to be mentioned.
Senior Cowboy quarterback Josiah Moerkerke and Senior wide receiver Nate Gage both racked up more than a few accolades. Moerkerke and Gage both set single game and single season records.
Moerkerke set the single game record for most touchdown passes with seven against Cascade and also set the season record for most completions with 111.
Gage rewrote the receiving record books as he set the single season receptions record with 52 and the season receiving touchdown record with 11.
Gage and Moerkerke also shared the team Offensive MVP award at the football banquet, which was voted on by the players.
Senior Paul O’Brien received the Defensive MVP award and senior running back Brandon Philipps took home both the Hardest Worker and Most Inspirational awards.
Sophmore Joe Ries was voted Rookie of the Year and Senior Rhett Orcutt took home the Most Improved award.
After the post season was completed the coaches voted on All-Conference and All-State honors. Four Cowboys were named to the prestigious lists.
On offense, Gage was named second-team All-Conference and Moerkerke was named to the All-State team.
On defense O’Brien was first team All-Conference and Ries was named to the second-team, quite an honor for a sophomore.
In the end all the players and coaches should be proud of the hard work and massive amount of time they each put in to make this another memorable year of Cowboy football.