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Published 11/3/2012 in Business : Business

Aust joins paper as new reporter

Scott Aust has joined the staff of The Garden City Telegram as a reporter.

Aust, who covers the city and county government beat, as well as general assignment reporting, joined The Telegram on Oct. 20.

His previous experience includes working for the Fort Scott Tribune, Hays Daily News, Columbus (Neb.) Telegram and the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal. Aust also has been a freelance Web designer.

The Phillipsburg native holds a bachelor's degree in general studies from Fort Hay State University, as well as a bachelor's degree in Web development from Baker College in Flint, Mich.

FSA reminds of relief signup

Adrian J. Polansky, state executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Kansas, wants to remind producers that cost share funds are available to help provide emergency water to livestock for agriculture producers affected by drought in all Kansas counties except Republic.

ECP signup began on Oct. 15 and will continue through Nov. 15. Kansas has received $6.1 million in Emergency Conservation Program allocation to help producers in need of assistance.

Producers may make a request in approved counties by filing an application for cost-share assistance under the ECP through Nov. 15 at their local FSA office. ECP is being implemented to assist in providing access to water because of an extended period of severe drought.

Contact the FSA office at your local USDA Service Center. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Participants can receive cost-share assistance of up to 75 percent of the cost for temporary measures and 50 percent of the cost for permanent measures for approved emergency conservation practices. Practices approved are EC6, Drought Measures (For example, constructing and deepening wells, installing pipe to another source of water because primary source is inadequate.) and EC7, Hauling Water for Livestock (For example, hauling water, tanks and troughs.).

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