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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Safety net sign-up for dairy farmers

Applications for a federal program to give dairy farmers some financial protection are open through Dec. 19. 

The Margin Protection Program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, helps cover losses when the difference between the price of milk and feed costs falls too low. 

“The 2014 Farm Bill created these safety net programs to provide safeguards against the uncertainty of weather and markets, but this safety net is not automatic. Producers must visit their local Farm Service Agency office to enroll before December 19,” said Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary. “Despite the best forecasts, weather and markets can change, so a modest investment today can protect against unexpected losses tomorrow.” 

Farmers can calculate their best level of coverage online at To sign up for the program, farmers should contact their county Farm Service Agency. 

Farms can submit comments to shape future Margin Protection Programs through Dec. 15 at


RV camping club calls for members

Vagabonds, a small RV camping club, is looking for new members to join for the 2015 season. 

The schedule runs April through November, with one weekend of camping planned per month, usually within 100 miles of Franklin. The 2015 schedule will go out in February. 

Outings feature campfires, potluck dinners, outdoor enjoyment and good conversation with no structured activities. No dues and all ages are welcome. 

Lillian, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.369.6669


Public input sought on Sandy Mush Game Lands management

Draft management plans for seven game lands across North Carolina, including Sandy Mush Game Land straddling Buncombe and Madison counties, are out. 

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has posted the plans online at and will accept comments through Jan. 16. The plan will guide management of the game lands for the next 10 years. 

Earlier this year, the Wildlife Commission conducted a public input process to develop a management plan for Needmore Game Lands, a 4,800-acre tract located in Macon and Swain counties.

Email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


Christmas in the Park

Christmas decorations, marshmallow roasting and even a visit from Santa Clause himself will be part of Christmas at the Park, 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 at the Jackson County Recreation Park in Cullowhee. 

The park will be done up with light scenes and decorations, Santa will here Christmas lists and hot chocolate, marshmallows and coffee will be on sale to enjoy around the fire pit. Free. 828.293.3053

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