VETERAN’S NEWS From the Internet
Gathered by Bob Kinsler, SSG (ret), US Army, DAV, VFW Dept. of Oklahoma, PRO/Editor
Veterans of the U.S. Armed Services receive preference for NRCS conservation programs offered in the 2014 Farm Bill. These voluntary conservation programs benefit both agricultural producers and the environment, and include financial and technical assistance as well as easements.
Preference will be given to eligible Veteran Farmers or Ranchers applying for several types of conservation financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).
EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits. These include improved water and air quality, conserved surface and ground water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, and improved or created wildlife habitat.
CSP helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance — the higher the performance, the higher the payment.
An eligible Veteran Farmer or Rancher:
- meets the definition of a Beginning Farmer or Rancher
- has not operated a farm or ranch; or hasn’t operated a farm or ranch for more than 10 consecutive years
- was discharged or released, under conditions other than dishonorable, from the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, its reserve components and the National Guard
For a legal entity or joint operation to be considered a Veteran Farmer or Rancher entity, all members must meet the above definition. Veteran Farmers or Ranchers may also qualify as a Socially Disadvantaged Farmer or Rancher by meeting additional criteria.
Advance payment opportunities now exist for veteran agricultural producers
Advance payments for socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited resource farmers, Indian tribes and veterans were raised from 30 percent to 50 percent
How to apply – Visit your local USDA Service Center to apply or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted.
NRCS will help eligible producers develop an EQIP plan of operations, which will become the basis of the EQIP contract.
EQIP applications will be ranked based on a number of factors, including the environmental benefits and cost effectiveness of the proposal.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a program through which the U.S. Government has been selling off their stock of aging firearms to the American public in an effort to promote the shooting sports and marksmanship training. They are best known as the prime source for M1 Garand rifles and M1 Carbines, but thanks to a bill signed today by President Obama the CMP may shortly begin to sell off the U.S. Government’s huge stock of 1911 handguns. These firearms saw duty from WWI through Desert Storm.
From the NRA press release:
Rounding out the list of pro-gun provisions is section 1087, which restores authorization to the Secretary of Defense to transfer to the Civilian Marksmanship Program surplus M1911 and M1911A1 .45 ACP pistols for sale to the public. The component of the CMP that dispenses the pistols would be required to obtain a federal firearms license and abide by all requirements of the Gun Control Act pertaining to licensed sales and transfers. Currently, the military has some 100,000 such pistols that it no longer needs and that are being stored as taxpayer expense. These historically-significant firearms can now be transferred to law-abiding owners at a net gain to the government’s heavily-indebted balance sheet.
(Editor’s note: You might not see these for a while, since the DOD and CMP have to agree on several topics, but as soon as that happens I bet a few of us will be lining up to obtain one).
The HISTORY Channel invites you to participate in Thank a Veteran at Work. This program encourages businesses and organizations large and small to take time out of the day to thank the veterans in our workplaces. Veterans come from all walks of life and all backgrounds, and through their service they have made an enormous contribution to our nation. Thank a Veteran at Work serves as a meaningful reminder to all Americans about the importance of supporting those who have served, from the greatest generation of WWII vets to the newly returning veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The HISTORY Channel is honored that First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actor Bradley Cooper, and athlete Johnny Damon have joined us in thanking veterans through public service announcements. HISTORY is also proud to be working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reach communities nationwide through Thank a Veteran at Work.
The HISTORY channel has developed a list of simple ways employers and employees can say thank you to veterans in their companies and organizations. View our “How To” guide for ideas about how you can organize an event to honor veterans on or around Veterans Day, celebrated each year on November 11th. Whether it is “thank you” email to all veterans or a company-wide celebration, Thank a Veteran at Work offers a great way to learn more about the contributions veterans have made through their service. HISTORY has created colorful “Thank You Veterans” stickers and posters for distribution to veterans and all employees. Interested in getting your business or organization involved in this program? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and information and we’ll send you 100 stickers to distribute and a poster to display in your workplace.
On the job front, Lisa Mussett sent me a message that – IP has opened their Extra Utility Pool job posting on their website. Jobs like – Extra Utility Pool Operator.
By the way, if you want to complain, add your support, or have something you want added to this article contact me at 580-271-0897 or Email me at BobKinsler@aol.com. This is the veterans’ news and if you have something let me know, please.