Ag program sign-ups to begin
The U.S. Agriculture Department will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up beginning Monday and ending on June 14. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack also announced the restart of sign-up for continuous CRP, including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Initiative, the Highly Erodible Land Initiative, the Grassland Restoration Initiative, the Pollinator Habitat Initiative and other related initiatives. Sign-up for continuous CRP began on May 13 and will continue through Sept. 30. “As always, we expect strong competition to enroll acres into CRP, and we urge interested producers to maximize their environmental benefits and to make cost-effective offers,” Vilsack said.
Hospitals to join forces
Okeene Municipal Hospital and St. Anthony Hospital have completed an agreement for the regional affiliation of Okeene Municipal Hospital. The affiliation was finalized in a signing ceremony Tuesday in Okeene. Under the agreement, Okeene Municipal Hospital, Weatherford Regional Hospital and St. Anthony will work collaboratively to bring enhanced health care service offerings to the residents of the region.