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PAGE 8 ,,. THE PRESS OCTOBER 24, 2012 ND NRCS announces batching period for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program BISMARCK, N.D. -- The 2013 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications are due by Friday', November 16, 2012. All applications completed by close of business will be considered for funding in fiscal year 2013. EQIP is a vohmtary program that provides finan- cial assistance to help plan mid implement conserva- tion practices based on state identified natural resource ,Deems, such a forestry, grazing, soil erosion, water coJ t>ervation, and water quality. Landowners and operators who are engaged in livestock, agricultural, or fbrest production on eligible land and have a natural resource concern on that land may participate in EQIE Through EQIR NRCS works widl producers to de- velop a plan of operations that both identifies appro- priate consewation practices needed to address natu- ral resource concerns and implement those identified conservation practices. Conservation plans must be de- veloped tbr the entire area of land that will be included in the EQ1P contract. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis; however, applications must be submitted by close of business on November 16 to be considered for fiscal year 2013 funding. To find out about EQIP or to complete an applica- tion, please visit your local NRCS service center. Deadline extended for WSI Board candidates BISMARCK, N.D. -- The co- ordinating comanittee charged with nominating candidates to represent employers on the Workforce Safety & Insurance Board of Di- rectors has extended the applica- tion deadline. One seat available is for an em- ployer representative of a North Dakota business which has a WSI annual premium range greater than $25,000 per year. The other is for an employer representative of a North Dakota business which has a WSI annual premium range less than $25,000 per year Another seat is available for an employer repre- sentative of a North Dakota busi- ness which has a WSI annual premium range of less than $10,000. All three seats are four year terms on the board beginning January 1,2013. Candidates interested in filling these one of the three positions must be the principal ownm, chief executive officer, or chief financial officer of a North Dakota business. This is a four year term on the board which begins on January I, 2013. Tlae final seat available is an "at- large" appointment. There is no premium level requirement and the candidate need not be the principal owner, chief executive officer, or chief financial officer of the busi- ness, but must be an employer in North Dakota. This is also a tour year term beginning on January 1, 2013. President and CEO for the North Dakota Chamber of Com- merce, Andy Peterson said, "These are extremely important positions, not only to North Dakota's busi- ness community, but also to the in- jured workers of North Dakota." He added, "'We are looking for candidates who have a good base knowledge of Workforce Safety & Insurance and are dedicated to im- plementing and promoting poli- cies, procedures and legislation to increase safety and helpprevent in- juries in the workplace." Candidates must be able to travel (in state) several times a year to attend WSI Board of Directors meetings and be available to serve on a number of WSI Board sub- committees. All interested candidates are welcome to apply to fill these va- cancies. If you are interested in serving on the WSI Board of Di- rectors submit your letter of appli- cation and resume. Applications must be received electronically or postmarked no later than Novem- ber 5th, 2012. Applications may be sent, via email to ndcham-; faxed to 701-222-1611 ;.or sent via standard mail to: North Dakota Chamber of Commerce Attn: WSI Board Nomination Coordinating Committee PO Box 2639 Bismarck, ND 58502 Expo to introduce Northern Valley career opportunities to area studc nts GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- More than 1,200 high school students from Northwest Minnesota and Northeast North Dakota will converge on the Alerus Center Wednesday, Oct. 24 for the first Northern Val- ley Career Expo. "This first expo is the culmination of efforts that began with a Knight Foundation grant we received a few years ago to address workforce needs in the re- gion," said Keith Lund, Grand Forks Region Eco- nomic Development Corporation vice president. "'This is truly a collaborative workforce retention event among many education, economic development and workforce oganizations in the upper Red River Valley." Students from 18 school districts will be introduced to careers in six career clusters through hands-on ex- hibits with more than 40 regional employers and post- secondary education program including Digi-Key, Titan Machinery, and Bergstrom Electric. Students will also participate in educational sessions on topics including workplace values, employability, and team- work. 'This expo is a unique oppommity for students to be exposed to home grown enterprises, where they can find a niche should they choose to stay here to live, work and raise a family," said Grand Forks Pub- lic Schools Superintendent Larry Nybtadh. "We are pleased to be part of the effort to launch this event." In addition to 24 sponsors, the Otto Bremer Foun- dation and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation awarded grants to the support the project. Amanda Grzadzielewski, Northwest Private In- dustry Council executive director, said, "Events like the career expo are important steps to ensuring that youth remain our comnmnities after high school. This expo, which we expect to become an annual event, is important to their early planning steps." Schools/Communities Attending include: Minnesota: Crookston. Red Lake County Central. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, East Grand Forks, Sacred Heart, Thief River Falls (Lincoln HS) North Dakota: Grafton, Grand Forks (Central, Red River, Commtmity HS), Hillsboro, Larimore, May- Port-CG, Minto, Park River, Thompson. Central Val- ley, Hatton, Midway, Northwood, Wahpeton USDA announces year end housing funding BISMARCK, N.D. -- Over $61 million is available for North Dakota housing projects in the 2012 fiscal year. The financing, which ended September 30th, in- cluded: direct and guaranteed fi- nancing of 417 single-family homes, the supervision of 2,850 rental units and over $3 million in rental assistance to low income tenants. "Quality housing is the building block of a successful community," said USDA Rural Development State Director Jasper Schneider. "The ND 2.0 initiative highlighted the need for more housing across the state. Through our USDA housing programs, we have been able to direct resources to address this important issue by providing more rental options and home ownership opportunities." USDA Rural Development has several affordable housing pro- grams. The single Ihmily housing direct and guaranteed loan pro- grams offer attractive options for low- to moderate-income individ- uals and families. Through the guaranteed loan program, a loan is made by a local lender and guar- anteed by USDA. Financing is also available for multi-family housing projects which Rural Development supports with rental assistance. Prior to 1994, USDA Rural De- velopment was known as the Farmers Home Administration. Housing has remained an agency priority as it helps create \\;,ibrant, sustainable communities by driv- ing rural economies and building equity in the future. To learn more about the housing programs, please visit or contact the USDA Rural Develop- ment office in North Dakota at (701) 530-2037. 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