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May

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15 - August 2: Primary Nesting Season. No MCM Activities on CRP Acres
• May 31: Marketing Assistance Loans for Prior Year Harvested Corn and Soybeans
• June 1: Margin Protection Program (MPP) Signup
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up

Wed
16
May

Naig reminds farmers, apiarists to update information on Iowa Sensitive Crop Directory

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig encourages eligible farmers and apiarists to register or re-save their data in the Iowa Sensitive Crop Directory for the 2018 growing season. Two new mobile apps have been released to make it easier for members to access and input data.

“Iowa partnered with FieldWatch just last year to update and improve our state’s Sensitive Crop Directory and have been pleased by the positive response from applicators as well as specialty crop farmers and beekeepers. Hopefully these new apps will make the directory even more user friendly for everyone,” Naig said.

The FieldCheck app is designed to give applicators more functionality from their mobile device and while in the field.

Wed
16
May

Century and Heritage Farm deadline June 1

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today reminded eligible farm owners that the deadline to apply for the 2018 Century and Heritage Farm Program is June 1, 2018. The program recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms.

“I want to encourage families that have a farm that would qualify for a Century or Heritage Farm award to submit their application by June 1,” Naig said. “We are already looking forward to the State Fair in August and the opportunity to celebrate with these families and highlight the deep history and strong heritage of agriculture in our state.”

Farm families with a century or heritage farm must submit an application to the Department no later than June 1, 2018 to qualify for recognition at the Iowa State Fair this year.

Wed
16
May

Basketball to be played one final time in Waterville gym before school is closed

Waterville High School player returns to the court for Granny Basketball event this Saturday

by Brianne Eilers

Organized team basketball will be played one final time in the gymnasium at the Waterville Elementary School before the school is closed for good at the end of this current academic year, marking the end of an era but perhaps sparking some pondering reflections as well.

The defending two-time national Granny Basketball League champion Harpers Ferry Fireflies will be hosting the Eastern Division Granny Basketball games this Saturday, May 19 at the Waterville Elementary School gymnasium. Games start at 10 a.m., with several teams participating in these games.

Wed
16
May

Be “Voter Ready”: ID: What to expect at the election polls

Last week’s article focused on Step One in being “Voter Ready” in 2018: Register to Vote. This week’s article is about Step Two: Bring a valid form of ID to the polls.

Valid forms of ID include:

1. Iowa Driver’s License (not expired more than 90 days)
2. Iowa Non-Operator’s ID (not expired more than 90 days)
3. U.S. Passport (not expired)
4. U.S. Military ID or Veteran ID (not expired)
5. Iowa Voter ID PIN card (must be signed).

In December 2017, Iowa Voter ID PIN cards were sent, by the Secretary of State election office, to all registered voters without an Iowa Driver’s License or Iowa Non-Operator’s ID. If you feel you should have received a PIN card, and did not, or you have lost it or misplaced it, contact the Allamakee County Auditor’s office at 563-568-3522.

Wed
16
May

Quanrude denied release on signature bond after bond review hearing; Jury trial now scheduled for June 6

John Quanrude ...

by Joe Moses

The Second Degree Murder case against 32-year-old John Michael Quanrude of Waukon involved a bit more court and document activity this past week, including review of a requested change and some necessary changes made upon further document review. Although separate matters not impacting one another, the end result was Quanrude remaining in the Allamakee County Jail but his trial date being moved up by more than two months.

Wed
16
May

Hundreds of motorcyclists to parade through Waukon this Sunday as part of annual Patriot Tour event

Traditionally beginning and ending in Wisconsin, the Patriot Tour consists of one American Flag being carried through 48 continental states, escorted by tens of thousands of motorcycle riders for 110 days straight, all in honor of America’s Armed Forces members.

The annual Tour typically travels through Waukon in September near the end of the Tour, but starting with last year reversed its course in making Waukon one of its first visits on the Tour, which will take place this weekend.

This year, the Tour will initiate in Beaver Dam, WI and will overnight in Fennimore, WI before heading to Waukon this Sunday, May 20. The Tour is scheduled to cross the bridge between Prairie du Chien, WI and Marquette at approximately 11:45 a.m. Sunday, heading west on Hwy.18/52 to Postville and then traveling north and east to Waukon.

Wed
16
May

New floodplain maps for Allamakee County to be presented May 31

Thursday, May 31, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host an open house meeting to present preliminary floodplain maps to Allamakee County citizens. The meeting will be held in the Supervisors Board Room at the Allamakee County Courthouse, located at 110 Allamakee Street in Waukon, that Thursday from 6-8 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.

The open house will provide property owners, both rural and urban, an opportunity to view the preliminary maps and learn how their flood risk may have changed. Representatives from FEMA and the Iowa DNR will be on hand to answer questions and address residents’ concerns about the preliminary flood maps.

Wed
16
May

Peake Orchards and Dairy to host NEIA Food and Farm Network this Sunday

Jeremy and Jodi Peake of Waukon will host the May gathering of the Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Network this Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m. To see milking in progress, arrive at 6:15 p.m. The Network event will begin with a potluck at 7 p.m., then feature a farm tour with highlights including Peake’s dairy grazing system and the apple orchard, before networking over desert.

Jodi and Jeremy Peake milk about 40 Jersey and Jersey-cross cows on their certified organic, grass-based dairy. They market their milk into Organic Valley’s Grassmilk program. In addition to their rotational grazing dairy enterprise, the Peake farm hosts a 1,000 tree orchard operated by Jeremy’s father, Al Peake, with support from Jodi and Jeremy. The apples are sold locally at the Winneshiek Farmers Market, the Oneota Coop and at the farm.

Wed
16
May

Supervisors approve agreement with DOT in regard to Driftless Area Scenic Byway

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, May 14 to discuss a variety of agenda items, including a personnel matter in the Allamakee County Treasurer’s office, consideration of an agreement between the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and Allamakee County involving designated Iowa Byways and setting letting dates for Secondary Roads construction projects. There was no public comment.

Allamakee County Treasurer Lori Hesse discussed a personnel matter involving her recommendation to promote Rita Troendle from Motor Vehicle Clerk status to Second Deputy Clerk status. Hesse indicated that Troendle works 20-25 hours per week with part-time status and that her recommendation would take effect July 1 of this year with a raise to $16.13 per hour, which is 53% of the Treasurer’s salary. The Supervisors approved the promotion of Troendle to Second Deputy Clerk at the discussed pay rate.

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