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Page 10 Wednesday, February 29, 2012 The Adams County Record 53tate May Take Awczy Local C,:00ntrol by Dale Fisk the process is safe, but the hodgepodge of local mistake; this is a bad The Idaho Farm Some Adams County in other parts of the regulations about how bill for the residents of Bureau supports folks may have been county where it has they drill for natural Idaho's communities, HB 464, saying it watching the natural been done the ground gas more consistent both large and small." will enhance private gas drilling controversy water has become and fair. In reading the bill, property rights for in Payette and so contaminated The Idaho Chapter of it seems to say one landowners who could Washington Counties that the tap water in the American Planning thing and then say the benefit from oil and gas without being too peoples' homes would Association (IDAPA) opposite in the same exploration. concerned. But now literally catch fire. represents over two paragraph. Here's an But Tony Edmundson the state legislature is (See the documentary, hundred planning example: of Weiser, a former stepping Into the fray "Gasland.") officials, private- "No ordinance, county commissioner, in a big way, and it will For each frack, sector planners and resolution, requirement city councilman and affect all of Idaho. 80-300 tons of planning commission or standard of a city, Planning & Zoning Test wells in Payette chemicals may be members throughout county or political Commission chairman, County have discovered used. Presently, the Idaho. They say the subdivision, except said, "This particular a high potential for natural gas industry bill, "...invests the Oil a state agency with piece of legislation natural gas extraction, does not have to and Gas Conservation authority, shall actually is troubling for me, and now gas companies disclose the chemicals Commission with or operationally because the language are pushing to do so. used, but scientists unlimited authority to prohibit construction is so vague, and it Everybody would like have identified volatile regulate and approve or operation of facilities sets precedent in local to see the economic organic compounds the siting, development, and infrastructure land-use planning, sort benefits that this would (VOCs) such as and operation of needed for the post- of a hands-off on gas bring; the controversy benzene, toluene, oil and gas wells, as extraction processing and oil. My concern is is over the side effects, ethylbenzene and well as the siting of and transport of gas local land use and local The process most xylene, transportation and and oil. However, control. The well will go commonly used for such Idaho House Bill 464, production facilities, such facilities and in, but we have no say extraction is "hydraulic which was recently This creates a class of infrastructure shall in the distance that is fracturing," informanlly passed in the House land uses that would be subject to local from a home or the next known as "fracking." with a 54 - 13 vote and be exempt from local ordinances, regulations property owner." In this process, water has been sent on to the land use regulation, and permitting Washington County and chemicals are Senate, seems to have the traditional purview requirements, not has studied the issue, injected into the ground been written, proposed of cities and counties repugnant to law, as learning from the to facilitate the flow of and pushed by the gas within Idaho. We believe provided in chapter experiences of other gas from a well. The industry. Their sales this is unnecessary 65, title 67, 50 Idaho communities, and gas companies claim pitch is that it makes and unwise. Make no Code." recently passed a set of regulations on gas drilling. But if HB 464 becomes law it would override much of the county's say in such matters. Rick Michael, Washington County (Republican) Commissioner, says, "House Bill 464 i a direct attack on local government, local control and citizen involvement in land use regulation. This legislation does to the counties and cities exactly what the state does not like the Federal Government doing to them, and sets a dangerous precedent." The text of the bill, along with other information can be found here: http://www. legislature.idaho.gov/ legislati0n/20 1 2/ H0464.htm 00Iew FSA Help for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers by CandaceMoore-- Guarantee Program ages," notes Dick Rush, Under the new rule, beginning or minority USDA Farm Service provides a new approach State Executive Director. FSA loan officers are farmer who may have Agency for landowners willing "They have been now allowed to consider had some experience (Boise, ID - February to sell and finance pioneers in new ways of all prior farming working or managing 22, 2012) -- The USDA a land purchase to a making their farms and experience, including a farm and now wants Farm Service Agency beginning or socially ranches successful. This on-the-job training and to transition to farm is working harder than disadvantaged farmer, new program will work formal education when ownership." Johnson ever to assist new The national program well for beginning and determining eligibility also recommends that farmers and ranchers offers two options, minority growers in our for FSA Farm Operating people considering to succeed. USDA one that guarantees state and we encourage and Ownership Loans. a farming career Farm Service Agency up to three annual producers to visit with To qualify for the should visit a new has recently unveiled installment payments our Farm Loan Officers Beginning Farmer and USDA website www. a new Land Contract on the contract and one to see if they qualify and Rancher Loan Program, start2farm.gov to learn Guarantee Program that guarantees 90% how it could fit their applicants must have more about USDA and several other tools of the unpaid principal needs," he said. a minimum level of and FSA programs for that are designed to of the contract. One of the changes the agricultural experience, beginning farmers and help beginning farmers Guarantees can be used agency has implemented but not more than ranchers. and ranchers build in the purchase of land in their lending rules 10 years operating a Idaho FSA's support the foundation for a for up to $500,000. for new producers is to farm or ranch. Aaron for Beginning and successful career in "Idaho's farmers allow more flexibility Johnson, Idaho Farm Socially Disadvantaged agriculture, represent all walks of in the minimum Loan Chief said, 'ITlis Farmers and Ranchers The Land Contract life, and all different experience requirement, program is ideal for the is evident in the high level of minority and new farmer participation generated through staff outreach into the community. In 2011, 18.6% of all FSA farm loans in Idaho were made to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and 41.4% of the loans were to beginning producers. 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