The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that 21 Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen in Nebraska on Thursday, January 17th, Friday, January 18th, and Tuesday, January 22nd, to provide certain services to Nebraska ag producers. The services will assist with existing farm loans and help ensure 1099s forms are distributed to borrowers by the Internal Revenue Service’s deadline.
“I want to ensure that Nebraska agriculture producers are aware of this opportunity provided by the USDA on January 17th, 18th, and 22nd. More than 20 Farm Service Agency offices across the state will reopen to provide limited, specific services. I encourage Nebraskans to closely review the services being offered and utilize them during this time,” said Senator Fischer, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Nebraska ag producers will be able to access FSA staff at the following locations in Nebraska during the days of January 17th, 18th, and 22nd.
Offices in Nebraska include:
· Auburn Service Center: 918 26th Street, Suite A, Auburn, NE 68305 | (402) 274-4987
· Beatrice Service Center: 2920 E Court, Beatrice, NE 68310 | (402) 223-3125
· Bloomfield Service Center: 111 No. Washington St, Bloomfield, NE 68718 | (402) 373-4914
· Broken Bow Service Center: 2519 Heritage Drive, Broken Bow, NE 68822 |a (308) 872-6877
· Chadron Service Center: 1020 West 6th Street, Chadron, NE 69337 | (308) 432-4616
· Columbus Service Center: 3276 53rd Ave, Columbus, NE 68601 | (402) 564-0506
· David City Service Center: 317 E. Street, David City, NE 68632 | (402) 367-3074
· Fremont Service Center: 2450 Business Park Dr., Fremont, NE 68025 | (402) 721-8455
· Grand Island Service Center: 703 S Webb Rd Suite A, Grand Island, NE 68803 | (308) 395-8586
· Hartington Service Center: 102 E. Elm, Hartington, NE 68739 | (402) 254-6855
· Hastings Service Center: 2727 W 2nd Suite 103, Hastings, NE 68901 | (402) 463-6771
· Kearney Service Center: 4009 6th Ave Ste. 2, Kearney, NE 68845 | (308) 237-3118
· Lexington Service Center: 721 E. Pacific Street, Lexington, NE 68850 | (308) 324-6314
· McCook Service Center: 1400 W 5th St., Ste 4, McCook, NE 69001 | (308) 345-4163
· North Platte Service Center: 1202 S Cottonwood Str. Ste 2, North Platte, NE 69101 | (308) 534-2360
· Ogallala Service Center: 1605 East 1st, Ogallala, NE 69153 | (308) 284-2048
· O’Neill Service Center: 107 E. Hwy 20, Suite C, O’Neill, NE 68763 | (402) 336-3796
· Scottsbluff County Service Center: 818 Ferdinand Plz. Ste A, Scottsbluff, NE 69361 | (308) 632-2195
· Syracuse Service Center: 988 11th Street, Ste A, Syracuse, NE 68446 | (402) 269-2361
· Valentine FSA Service Center: 518 W Hwy 20, Suite 3, Valentine, NE 69201 | (402) 376-1712
· Wayne County Service Center: 709 Providence Road, Wayne, NE 68787 | (402) 375-2453
More from the USDA:
Staff members will be available at certain FSA offices to help producers with specific services, including:
• Processing payments made on or before December 31, 2018.
• Continuing expiring financing statements.
• Opening mail to identify priority items.
Additionally, as an intermittent incidental duty, staff may release proceeds from the sale of loan security by signing checks jointly payable to FSA that are brought to the county office by producers.
People of all ages gathered at Grossenburg Implement in Bloomfield on Tuesday for John Deere Days.
The event featured a free meal served by members of the Bloomfield FFA Chapter, games for kids and the whole family, as well as an opportunity to learn about precision agriculture technology and new John Deere Equipment.
Bloomfield's streets were filled with holiday cheer Friday, as the elementary students made their way up and down the business district.
There was even a guest appearance by Santa and the Grinch as they accompanied the children around town.
Parents and on-lookers gathered around the streets to listen to the carols.
The students learned a plethera of Christmas songs for the event. Music teacher, Sheila Lange worked with the children to prepare them.
Tabitha Gilsdorf lead the inaugural caroling. The group started by the library made their way down Broadway and the highway with the help of a number of teachers.
The children made their way from business to business singing and handing out hand made cards, stopping every now and then to serenade workers and customers.
The students then went to sing for those at assisted living.
The first ever elementary caroling was a huge success as it was enjoyed by all.
brought to you by: Mrs. Abby Folck’s Second Graders
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On Sunday December 9th, the youth of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lindy visited the Good Samaritan Center and Sunset View Assisted Living and sang Christmas carols to residents. The carolers are: Left to right: Tina Sage (Sponsor), Makenna Guenther, Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Jacobson, Jarrin Sage, Elliot Olson, Stran Sage, Tatum Olson, and Paige Poppe (Sponsor). Merry Christmas from Good Shepherd!
Farmers and Merchants State Bank in Bloomfield donated $40,000 to the Veterans Memorial on Monday.
This brings the total donations closer to the goal Joe Skrivan set for the memorial.
"It will take $200,000 to do everything we have planned for the memorial," said Skrivan.
An additional $20,000 will be raised for future etching of names and other upkeep. Skrivan has planned every detail.
According to him, Farmers and Merchants State Bank's generous donation has helped enormously and brought the total close to $200,000. Skrivan is hopeful after one more big push the final goal of $220,000 will be reached.
Names are still being accepted for the memorial as well. Skrivan hopes to order stones after the first of the year.
"We want to make every effort to get the names of as many veterans as we can," he said.
Skrivan can be reached at 402-373-2330 or email@example.com if relatives of veterans would like to relay names.
Names and donations can be sent to P.O. Box 367 Bloomfield, NE 68718. Checks can be made out to the City of Bloomfield and "Veterans Memorial" should be written in the memo.
Every dollar counts, and it is all appreciated," Skrivan said.
Bloomfield's Santa Day was filled with fun. There was a craft show and gingerbread house making at the high school, Santa pictures at the elementary school and a lunch benefit for Bentley Mlady at the community center.
When Amber Endres opened Fieldcrest Market and Greenhouse in August, she was hoping she could turn it into a year-round out.
Endres hosted a fall open house with a DIY porch pot class and at the time, she was hoping to have enough interest to do another one in winter. She was pleasantly surprised in the amount interested in the events.
The winter open house was scheduled for Dec. 1, but like many other events that weekend, it had to be rescheduled due to the snow storm. Not having an indoor space Endres had booked the Bloomfield Community Center for the only other date open, Dec. 7.
"I think it was a little slow, but considering the postponement due to the storm, and it being on a Friday, we still had the majority of those signed up for the class able to attend," Endres said.
The open house consisted of the DIY porch pot class as well as pre made porch pots, succulents, “Charlie Brown trees,” ornaments, signs and many goods made by local producers. Items such as sweet corn leaf tea, spices and seasonings, sauces and spreads, even candies all made right here in Nebraska made their debut at the open house.
Endres had many people participate in the porch pot class and it was enjoyed by everyone. A variety of pots were provided or could be brought in to fill.
She had previously cut greenery, twigs and birch and loaded them into a trailer, where customers could then pick out exactly what they wanted in their pots. Participants also learned how to make a big, beautiful bow and pick
between some ller such as berries and pinecones to add some flair to their pots.
Endres is careful to introduce new, fun things to the community without taking anything away from businesses already here. Christmas wreaths were something she chose not to pursue because she does not wish to compete. She also keeps a close eye on what others are doing so she can bring different things to the table.
She hopes to keep introducing new events such as painting or craft classes during the colder months. Fieldcrest Market and Greenhouse facebook page will post any upcoming events.
Endres plans to possibly do a spring open house. Her busy season will pick up in mid April when the
she can get plants in the greenhouse. Until then, Endres can be found this Saturday at the Santa Day Craft Fair at the school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more photos of the event and keep up with upcoming events, visit: https://www.facebook.com/fieldcrestmarket/?ref=br_tf&epa=SEARCH_BOX
The Bloomfield One Act team made its first state appearance in the Class D1 State Play Production Championships in Norfolk on Wednesday afternoon. They performed "Conflict," under the direction of Lee Ann Runyon.
Three outstanding actor awards were presented to Bloomfield cast members: Braden Eisenhauer, Ella McFarland and Will Fehringer.
The Bloomfield team received sixth place overall for Class D1. First place went to Humphrey St. Francis and Pawnee City earned runner up.
The Bloomfield elementary performed their program, "Christmas Karaoke," on Thursday afternoon prior to their evening performance.
Check out some of the photos from the performance