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Releases Dec. 28: Ag stewardship program, Hope House, Life’s Kitchen, NARI

Good land stewards rewarded through USDA program

Agriculture producers practicing good land stewardship may be rewarded through the Conservation Stewardship Program. The program, administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, uses monetary incentives to encourage producers to maintain and initiate conservation practices on their land. The cut-off date for fiscal year 2011 funds is Jan. 7.

“We see this program as a great opportunity for producers to get rewarded for working to conserve the resources on their land,” said Jeff Burwell, Idaho NRCS state conservationist. “Producers who already maintain a high level of conservation and are willing to do more activities will benefit from this program.”

Program participants receive an annual payment for conducting conservation work on their land. The per-acre payment depends on if its cropland, pasture, rangeland or forestland. The minimum payment is $1,000 and the payment cap is $40,000 per year, with a $200,000 maximum for the five-year contract period.

To apply, complete the self-screening checklist to determine if you are eligible and if the program is suitable for your operation. The checklist is available on the NRCS Web site at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/new_csp/special_pdfs/CSP_Producer_Self-Screening_Checklist.pdf.

Stampede foundation donates $11,000 to Hope House

The Idaho Stampede Community Foundation has made a donation of $11,000 to Hope House in Marsing.

Hope House is a home for youth who are emotionally impaired, developmentally disabled or who come from disrupted adoptions or dysfunctional families. The children, between the ages of 6 and 19, live in a dormitory-style setting, have individually prescribed plans to help develop their academic, behavioral and social needs, and attend Hope Christian Academy, a private, accredited school located onsite.

“I have personally worked with the Hope House for more than 10 years in their development and the Idaho Stampede Community Foundation has been very involved helping them financially, but we’ve also helped develop their youth sports programs and we put on camps for them,” Idaho Stampede Managing Investor Bill Ilett said. “What makes my time and involvement with them so precious is these kids are absolutely at the highest risk level. With every bit of financial help or intellectual aid, and in-kind equity, you can absolutely see it helping the children.”

Life’s Kitchen awarded funding from Albertson Foundation

Life’s Kitchen was awarded $10,000 from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. The funding was awarded for general operating expenses and will be used mainly for educational support.

“Our students work hard to make a better life for themselves and this will go a long way toward facilitating that end,” Life’s Kitchen’s Executive Director Kurt Alderman said.

Life’s Kitchen (www.lifeskitchen.org) is an innovative, nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of at-risk young adults by building self-sufficiency and independent living through a comprehensive food-service job training program, life skills training, and job placement in the food service industry. Life’s Kitchen supports its program with custom catering, a lunch café, food contracts, private donations and community grants.

NARI gives out annual remodeling industry awards

On Dec. 3, NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) of Idaho held its annual awards banquet to recognize those in the remodeling industry who have served with excellence. Awards included recognition of suppliers/vendors, trade contractors and remodelers.

Winner for Remodeler of the Year in Category 1 (up to $500,000) went to Keilty Remodeling Inc. of Boise, with Gammill Construction taking second place (with .03 of a point separating the two entries).

Winner for Remodeler of the Year in Category 2 ($500,001- $1,000,000) went to Keilty Remodeling Inc. of Boise, once again with Gammill Construction taking a close second place.

Winner for Remodeler of the Year in Category 3 (over $1,000,001) was Strite Design & Remodel of Boise.

The award for the Supplier/Vendor of the Year went to Atkinson’s Mirror and Glass of Boise.

The award for Trade Contractor of the Year went to Campbell’s Siding and Windows of Meridian.

NARI of Idaho also gave an award for Most Valuable Member. This category is based on the member’s involvement in the association. This year’s award went to Chris Keilty.

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