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] 'k. at Ld a xtension report vhlle  John Cunningham, months. , . -? Count), Extension Director . roaucers nave the option ol ,me. t 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 selecting a 10 or 15year program.., CONTINUOUS CRP PROGRAM The Continuous Kr" applies to me The 1995 Farm Bill offered the most productive, most sensitive zh Ffi [a saa gh Fri inopf,] , EIS st incentive program ever to Idowners called "Continuous CRP". lndowners can get paid for Iplementing the following !nservation practices under the >ntinuous CRP Program: Field Windbreaks* Grass Waterways* Filter Strips* " Riparian Buffer Strips* Shelterbelt Living Snow Fences *Plus a 20% incentive payment leSome of the rules for eligibility lude: 1 . Land must have been cropped 'o out of the last five years. 2. Payments will reflect cash rental es based on soil types. This is the n 19erage cash rental rate per acre for ing tland cropland for production of the Coudominant annually tilled crops l unting the 3 years of 1994-1996. [3. There is no minimum acreage trd e. n and;4. Land must have been owned 12 'tile. . environmental land. This program encourages farmers to implement conservation practices in sensitive areas. No national, state, or local ranking is required. All eligible offers will be accepted by the local FSA committee. There is no competitive bid process. There is no deadline to this program. Payments are based on soil type rental rates plus the 20% incentive can push Continuous CRP payments over $120 per acre depending on the county and soil type rental rates. Producers will also receive up to 50c cost share for tree, vegetation and site preparation/establishment expenses. Establishing shelterbelts or windbreaks around new livestock facilities, which would enhance beautification and energy savings, are eligible for CRP land payments. The Continuous CRP Program is a win-win program for producers and the environment. We would like to see more participation. Questions regarding this program should be addressed to your County Farm Service Agency (FSA;, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) or University of Minnesota ExtensLon Service staff. Carrie Olson, County Extension Educator COMMUNICATION: BUILDING STRONG RELATIONSHIPS Many adults are world-class talkers. They can talk at teens. They can tell them all kinds of things about what they think and why. The real challenge, however, is getting teens to talk with you. And that is much harder. It is incredibly important that teens talk with their parents and other concerned adults. It helps everyone involved sort out their thinking, it builds a bond, and it helps teens know that they can come to caring adults when they have problems. A lot of what we say shuts down the line of communication. It becomes all one way. So let's look at some things to avoid: Avoid saying: "That's not right (or good or appropriate). "Teaching values is one of our most important tasks -- but if a teen comes to you with a question about something the family or community values, it just doesn't help them if they feel you are fbrcing them towards it. Let's say you value hard work and your teen questions this by saying he believes people don't have enough fun and shouldn't work so hard. If work is a strong value of yours, it might be very tempting to start touting the importance of work. But that will be the end of the conversation. If, instead, you say, ' "Nell, that's an interesting point of view. Tell me more about what you are thinking," it is amazing what an interesting discussion you can have with your teen, including all the in's and out's of work, relaxation, burnout, and much more. You can tell them, in the process of that, what you think, without condemning their point of view. Most importantly, this helps them clarify their own thinking. "Avoid saying: "You think you have it so bad, I had it so much worse." Whatever the situation, don't try to go them one better with stories from your own exoerience. This is called one- up-manship. This doesn't mean that you don't tell them stories about your own experience, but don't use your stories to show them how much easier their own problems are. Take their problems seriously. Even though what they tell you may seem pretty minor, it is very important to them. Remember, they are facing a lot for the very first time, and times have dramatically changed! - They don't That's entertainment have the benefit of experience to help them understand that they can cope, that things will get better, that they can and will survive. So, instead of shutting them off with "1 had it so much worse," simply say "That must be frustrating for maddening, or it must hurt)" or whatever other feeling is appropriate. This gives teenagers an opportunity to understand their feelings and to expand their story so that you can better understand what they are going through. Avoid saying: "I think you should..." We are all great fixers: we've been there and done that, and we know all the pitfalls. We somehow believe that if we could only tell them, we could help them avoid all the problems and have a smooth- sailing life. And it isn't just parents -- some teens are guilty of this to()! But it just doesn't work this way. Instead, try saying "What do you think you should do?" Once asked and given an opportunity to tell you what they think, you can carefully and quietly explain your value system. But a quick "I think you should..." will shut off communication. It also gives them something to rebel against. For teens, having a parent or other important adult that they can communicate with is one of the important assets they can have that helps them build a responsible and "successful life. Adults can help most by listening more than talking, and being mscious of conversation pitfalls. Source: Myrna DuBois, Extension Educator, Stanton County, University of Nebraska. Milbank Sons of Norway to meet Sons of Norway (Milbank area) will meet in the Ottertail Courtesy Room in Mitbank, SD at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. Norman Shelsta of Ortonville is in charge of the evening program. All area persons interested in learning more about the S of N are urged to attend. .[[ FOR A-B-C, warn AD J"B"RINGS YOU READY "C"ASH BIG STONE Bkj Stone City, South Dakota Old Mill or Old Mill Light Black Velve Drinks 30 PACKS ' Old Mill or Old Mill Light $11.99 Ask Waitress For  % -,Certific s Breakfast. Sandwich _, ,,9 Special .................................................... SERVED MONDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 7-10 AM .Friday - Fish Special *Saturday - Italian Spaghetti Open 6:00 AM to 11:30 PM - Food Orders Taken Until 11:00 P.M. Hilltop's Theatre of Seasons Cafe HWYS. 75 & 12 " ORTONVILLE, MN - (320) 839-2233 Open 7 Days a Week from 6:00 AM to 11:30 PM RATED TRY US!H $. Hl. 15 MILBANK, SD PH. 605-432-4421 RENT 2 NEW RELEASES... RECEIVE A FREE 2 liter Pepsi or Mountain Dew and one Act I1 Popcorn SPECIAL GOOD EVERY TUFSDAY & WEDNESDAY* *This special runs indefinitely! [ TUES., JAN. 6 EVENING SPECIAL BBQ RIBS Ist Dinner Reg. Price 2nd Dinner for $ 1.00 WITH COUPON ONLY Not redeemable with gift certificate or any other coupon, ] L.. HILLTOP VIDEO Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10-8; Fri. & Sat. 10-9; Sun. 11-8 ORTONVILLE, MN - 320-839-2957 "FLUBBER" "The Rainmaker" [ THURS., JAN. 8 EVENING SPECIAL Steak Cubes Ist Dinner Reg. Price 2nd Dinner for $ 1.00 WITH COUPON ONLY Not redeemable with gift certificate or any other coupon FIESTA ROOM e Jan. 6, 1998 INDEPENDENT Page 13