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;A'THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, February 15, 2001 : Oklahoma State University (OSU) has been selected to receive a federal grant worth approximately $39,504 from the U.S. Envi- ronmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Congressman Wes Watkins announced. The grant will help fund an OSU Pesticide Applicator Education I Dadl ff) lg project titled "Pest Management in and around Urban buildings.' 7f osu will work with structural (termite) and indoor pest control m ~~~7 operators to develop proper safer pest control methods for urban m areas. m "This program is an example of how Oklahoma State University remains at the cutting edge of higher education research in the U.S. Congratulation to OSU for being honored with this grant from the federal government," Watkins said. )klahoma Farm Bureau wins President's trophy Oklahoma Farm Bureau went ) the 82nd annual American arm Bureau Federation meet- ig in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 8-10 nd successfully defended its tle as the nation's best for the fird consecutive year. With the 120-member Okla- oma delegation leading the heers, OFB President Steve 2ouplen accepted the rganization's third President's rophy in three years during the .FBF awards program. The President's Trophy is the ighest honor bestowed by .FBF on a member state Farm ureau. "We have a lot to be proud of", aid the president of klahoma's largest and most ffluential farm organization, 'hich boasts a membership of lore than 127,000 member families, formation, political education, "For three years our programs Agriculture in the Classroom have been judged to be the best and membership. in the nation," Kouplen contin- OFB Executive Director Matt ued. "It's extremely gratifying Wilson said he believed Okla- for members, leaders and staff homa is the first state Farm Bu- to see that we continue to ac- reau to earn 100 percent Gold complish our goals." Stars and the President's Trophy OFB also was recognized for for three consecutive years. winning 100 percent of the "I doubt if there has been a available Gold Stars (a recogni- state to win 100 percent Gold tion of individual program ex- Stars and the President's Award cellence) in all available pro- for three consecutive years," he grams. The state received Gold said. "I'd bet that this is the first Stars awards for Women's pro- time. I bet it's never happened grams, Young Farmers & before." Ranchers programs, information The Gold Star and President's and public relations, state and Trophy contests arejudgedby a local government affairs, na- select group of Farm Bureau tional governmental relations, staff from across the nation. leadership and organizational Wilson said it is special recog- development, special programs, nition for OFB to be acknowl- policy development, commod- edged by Farm Bureau peers. ity marketing and marketing in- S l'ves SS The Payne County Farm Set-Producers must provide proof Some of the disaster-affected Lce Agency is currently taking of livestock losses and inventory crops in Payne County have in- plications for the Livestock of livestock before the losses, cluded grain sorghum, soy- idemnity Program, Livestock Documentation can include, but beans, pumpkins, watermelons ssistance Program and Crop is not limited to, rendering truck and sudan. ,isaster Program. receipts, veterinary records, loan The Livestock Assistance Pro- rhe Livestock Indemnity Pro- records, bank statements, farm gram compensates producers ram compensates producers credit balance sheets and sales who suffered grazing losses due ho suffered livestock losses and pureh jmeeilSts. If pro- to the prolonged, high, tempera Je to the severe winter condi- ducerS capno, t raffide docu- tures and lack of rainfall this ons and the ice storm that oc- mentation a third-party verifica- summer. Producers receive pay- lrred on December 25, 2000 tion can be used, but guidelines ments based on the lesser of ld continued, for accepting these are stringent, their animal feed needs or their To be eligible, livestock must Payment rates are as follows: pasture losses. ave died during the 2000 cal- $199 per head for adult beef Crop and livestock producers adar year, and the losses must cows, $256 per head for bulls, who suffered losses can call the directly related to the severe $37 per head for rams and $23 PCFSA to request more infor- eather conditions. Eligible for ewes. marion or to make an appoint- vestockincludebeefanddairy The Crop Disaster Programment to sign up for these pro- atle, sheep, goats,, swine, poul- compensates producers for crop grams. They are located at the y and horses that are used for production losses on summer Berry Agricultural Center, 2600 Jman consumption or in the crops that were affected by the S. Main, Suite A, Stillwater, OK "oduction of food. Buffaloare high temperatures and lack of or phone (405) 372-5711, exten- igible if maintained like cattle, rainfall in the summer of 2000. sion 2. ;ign up now for ummer softball nd baseball There's just over a week left ,r signups to play Perkins Parks ld Recreation softball and seball this year. The deadline 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at zrkins City Hall. City Hall is open from 8 a.m.- 3on and from 1-5 p.m. on eekdays. The necessary forms available there. The registra- s fee is still $25 for both baseball and softball. The Parks and ecreation Board reserves the right to extend signups in the areas here numbers are needed. Due to an emergency rule approved recently at the state OK ids Baseball meeting, 15-year-old boys will be allowed to sign to play ball. Youngsters who do not turn 16 years of age by ug. 1 are eligible to play. For more information, contact Josh Sumrall at 314-5674, tinfrey Kinzie at 743-0616, or Buddy Geter at 377-3647. Wt lovt Mapp Valen+lnt's s automatic withholding for you? Are you one of the eight million people who pay taxes on their acial Security benefits? If so, you can now have your taxes with- ,ld from your payments automatically. The service is offered . ~ ,mtly by Socml Security and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). ro take advantage of automatic withholding, complete IRS Form z-4V, "Voluntary Withholding Request". Select the percentage , your monthly benefit you want withheld---7, 15, 28 or 31 per- mr. After you've made your selection, sign and return the form , your local Social Security Office either by mail or in person. Each time you want to change or stop /withholding, complete a W-4V and send it directly to Social Security. To get a Voluntary Withholding Request, Form W4V, call IRS ,11 free at 1-800-829-3676. Your local Social Security Office not have these forms. However, the forms are available on e Interact at HYPERLINK http://www.ssa.gov www.ssa.gov. eep.in mind, automatic withholdings are totally voluntary. If m prefer, you can continue paying taxes quarterly, without mak- !g any changes Pork Chop Dinner and Auction nets local 4-H and FFA more than $11K The Perkins 4-H Club and Perkins-Tryon FFA Chapter was recently presented with the net profits from the Perkins 4-H and FFA Booster Club's Annual Pork Chop Dinner and Auction, which was held in November. The profit from the popular event amounted to $11,274.87. The event, now in it's sixth year, provides funds for student projects and club trips. Pictured with the checks are Erica Kinzie, Gena Wollenberg, Danielle Mangold, and Katie Dawson. To: I-.dlrl.elopd are verg proud or gou. Prom: Morn and Pad Storm Spotter training planned Representatives of the National Weather Service Norman Fore- cast Office, in conjunction with local county emergency manag- ers, will conduct storm spotter training at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Cushing City Hall, 100 Judy Adams Blvd. This presentation is the spotter talk for the Stillwater area. Forecaster Dan Miller will give the National Weather Service presentation, which is open to current spotters and the general pub- lic. Topics will include spotter safety, recognition of types of se- vere storms, and the importance of spotters to the National Weather Service's warning process. "The purpose of this session is to train storm spotters and oth- ers in proper methods of observ- ing and reporting storms to the National Weather.Service," Warning Coordination Meteo- rologist Jim Purpura said. The NWS Norman does not recruit storm spotters. Contact Bob Noltensmeyer, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Cushing, at 918-223- 5054 for information on becom- ing a spotter. For more information about the training, contact the NWS in Norman, 405-360-5928 or online at www.srh.noaa.gov/ oun. A wrong number can delay your tax return As regular as clockwork, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds us to pay our taxes by sending us a Form 1040 soon after the first of the year. If you're due a refund, you also want to make sure you receive it promptly. You can avoid delays by verifying that all names and Social Security numbers are recorded correctly on your tax return. When processing tax returns, IRS checks all names and Social Security numbers for accuracy. In the past, IRS matched the names and numbers of taxpayers and their spouses. Now, the names and numbers of all dependents, including newborns, listed on the tax return are checked. When IRS discovers an incorrect Social Security number on your tax return, they will send you a letter explaining the discrep- ancy. You must fix the problem by giving IRS the correct Social Security number before you can get a tax refund. If you don't already have a number or if you need one for a dependent, call or visit a Social Security Office. In addition, check the Social Security number and name on your W-2 statement and pay stubs to make sure it matches the one on your Social Security card. If it doesn't, tell your employer imme- diately. National severe weather workshop announced The nation's premier severe weather experts will discuss their latest research findings and forecasting techniques dur- ing the National Severe Weather Workshop on March 2-3 in Norman. Designed for emergency managers, storm spotters and other weather en- thusiasts, the event is spon- sored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Pre- diction Center, Central Okla- homa Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/Na- tional Weather Association and the Oklahoma Emergency Managers Association. The event offers an unique opportunity to learn about the National Weather Service's outlook, watch and warning process, severe weather pre- paredness and safety, StormReady, EMWlN, severe storm risks, lightning effects, wind damage effects and new ways to get radar data. Speak- ers will include nationally-r ' - ognized experts as well as fore- casters and researches from the NOAA Weather P ers in Norman: Storm Predation Center, National Severe Storms Laboratory, Radar Op- erations Center, Warning De- cision Training Branch and Na- tional Weather Service Norman Forecast Office. 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Suite Oklahoma City and has a litec Avenue, Suite 130. need services should appointment at (405) or 1-800-285-2273 (OKC) (580) 353-7900 (Lawton). marion can also be www.Care-point,org. Storm spotter training will offered in conjunction withl workshop. "All areas of the I weather, ificL ding heavy sn6w, h lil, strong or lightning," ~aid Jos( Schaefel, director of the Predicti Center. "The shop will pr ide vere Weather informatioi insights into the techniques used by Weather Service to save and property." More information and a istration form4 at nsww2001 or by calling 579-0771.