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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, February 9, 2017 Stocking dates announced for selected Virginia trout waters ~ The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) has announced stocking d~tes for select trout waters this spring. ~. 'This new initiative is in response to recent surveys of trout license holders and anglers which indicate that many trout anglers would like to see more pre- announced stockings. One of the strategies outlined in the Virginia Stocked Trout Management Plan is* to evaluate prior announce- m~nt of trout stocking events in Virginia's west- em trout waters. Currently the DGIF conducts 1,108 individual stockings of catchable t[out during a season. These stockings are announced at 4pm the day of stocking. In recent ye~s the only trout stock- ihgs that have been pre- announced are the 20 waters stockedfor Heritage Day '(first Saturday in April). This year, the DGIF is expand- ing the program by pre- announcing the trout stock- ings of the waters listed below. These pre- announced stockings are one of the normal allocated stockings for these waters. They are not "additional" stockings. The DGIF's stocked trout program is a privilege made possible by landown- ers allowing public fishing access. These landowners include private citizens, pr!vate companies, locali- ties, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States Forest Service. Access to stocked trout waters can be lost due to poor angler behavior. Angling pressure is increased for a short period of time when stocking is announced in advance. Trout anglers are asked to respect private property, pack out all trash, and park their vehicles in safe areas. Stocking times may vary depending on the dis- tance from the hatchery to the receiving water but most stocking will occur between 10:00am and 2:00 pro. There will be no tem- Porary stream or lake clo- sures associated with these stocking events. The DGIF may postpone or change the date of any of these stocking events due to circumstances that'com- promise the resource or public safety. Here are the pre-announced trout stock- ing dates for spring, 2017: Water: Stocking Date Lake Thompson (Fauquier Co.) March 22 South River Ridgeview Park & Grottoes Park (Augusta/Rockingham Co.) March 29 Jackson River - Hidden Valley (Bath Co.) April 14 North River - Upper & Gorge (Augusta Co.) March 30 Mint Springs Lake (Albemarle Co.) March 25 Rural Retreat Pond (Wythe Co.) April 14 Barbour's Creek (Craig Co.) April 7 Middle Fork Holston River (Smyth Co.) May 27 South Fork Powell River (Wise Co.) May 13 Roanoke River (Roanoke City) May 6 Pigg River (Franklin Co.) March 10 Liberty Lake (Bedford Co.) April 29 Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic game site for KU alumni gathering March 10 King University alumni are invited to take to the court in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, March 10. Alumni will gather for a reception at 5 pm. in the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets, after which they will watch as the NBA's Hornets take on the Orlando Magic. Tipoff is at 7 pm, The event is held in continued celebra- tion of King University's 150th anniversary. "We are extremely excited for this opportunity we have for our alumni," said Dana K. McMurray, director of alumni relations at King University. "The Charlotte Hornets are rolling out the red carpet for us. We are having a reception in the arena before the doors are open to the public. We look for- ward to having all Charlotte alumni attend this event." The cost is only $10 per person. RSVP by March 3 to Dawn McMurray via phone 800.621.5464 or by e m a i 1 dm c murray@ king. edu. Contact Dana K. McMurray for additional information at danakmc- murray@king.edu or 423.652.6399. St. Paul Elementary School held a food drive January 31st through February 3rd to benefit the First Baptist Church Food Pantry of St. Paul. The class with the most donations won a pizza party. The Winning class, the fourth grade class of Mrs. Alana Broyles, is pictured here with some of the 1,164 items collected. The First Baptist Church Food Pantry, located in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church in St. Paul, serves 100 to 125 families each month. The food pantry is open Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am to 11:00 am with the exception of closures due to inclement weather. For more information, please contact Cindy Merricks at cynthmerric@aol.com. $390,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants available for Virginia agricultural interests announced Request for Applications Now Open, Deadline for Submission is March 13, 2017 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that groups seeking to improve the competitiveness of spe- cialty crops in Virginia are eligible to submit propos- als for grants up to $60,000 per project. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) anticipates administering nearly $390,000 in funds for the development of specialty crops. The deadline for submitting applications is March 13, 2017. Agricultural associa- tions, industry and produc- er groups, community- based organizations, edu- cational institutions and non-profits may submit applications to VDACS for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service Specialty Crop Block Grants. Individual producers are not eligible for grants. "Our administration is committed to job creation and economic development throughout the Commonwealth, especially in one of Virginia's largest industries - agriculture," said Governor McAuliffe, speaking about the grants. "As we work to build the new Virginia economy, we will continue to keep our farmers and producers at the forefront of our eco- nomic development and job creation strategy. I am pleased to announce the availability of these federal dollars for specialty crops and encourage our produc- er groups to take advantage of this opportunity. There is great potential for posi- tive long-term economic benefits for our agriculture industry from increasing our focus on the incredible diversity of crops that can be cultivated in the Commonwealth." Specialty crops are cate- gorized as fruits, vegeta- bles, tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops, includ- ing floriculture, that are not typically covered by tradi- tional crop insurance. Specialty crops do not include standard commodi- ties such as corn, wheat, soybeans, peanuts, cotto.n or tobacco. Processed foods are eligible, provided their development enhances the competitive- ness of specialty crops. Specialty crop competitive grant proposals must be specific and explain how an association, industry group or organization will use the funds to enhance the competitiveness of spe- cialty crops. Some exam- ples include research, pro- motion and marketing plans, as well as food safe- ty projects and projects that improve food access. In awarding the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant funds, VDACS will give priority to projects with the sole purpose of enhancing the competitive- ness of specialty crops as they pertain to the follow: ing issues: Enhancing food safe- ty; Assisting all entities in the specialty crop distri- bution chain in developing Good Agricultural Practices, Good Handling Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices and in cost-share arrange- ments for funding audits of such systems for small farmers, packers and processors; Investing in specialty crop research, including research to focus on con- servation and environmen- tal outcomes; Developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops; Enhancing pest and disease control and devel- opment of organic and sus- tainable production prac- tices; Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of spe- cialty crops; Improving efficiency and reducing costs of dis- tribution systems; Developing local and regional food systems and Improving food access in underserved com- munities. Guidelines, instructions and the application for the USDA Specialty Crop Competitive Grants are available online at vdacs.virginia.gov/sales- specialty-crop-competi- tive-grant-program, shtml (click on Application Form to apply), via e-mail to Melissa Ball at melissa.ball@ vdacs.vir- ginia.gov or by mailing VDACS, Specialty Crop Grants Application, 102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Applications received after the March 13, 2017, dead- line will not be considered for funding. All funding is contingent upon USDA's notice of funds availability. The duration of each grant is two years, and the grant period will begin October 1, 2017. Times! 276-762-7671 c vtime s@ v eriz on. ne t I Chevrolet - GMC US Hwy 58 Castlewood, VA (276)762-2311 - 1-800-834-3325 www.morganrncclu reauto.com GMC