DNR to watch for drunk boaters

INDIANAPOLIS – Boaters preparing for the Independence Day holiday should be aware that Indiana Conservation Officers will be on high alert for violations of boating-under-the-influence laws as part of national Operation Dry Water. The year-round program will be in heightened effect July 5-7. Operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal on all bodies of water. In Indiana it is illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 or higher, the same BOC for land vehicles.

Conservation Officers, in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard, will focus on educating boaters about safe boating practices, including keeping alcohol off the boat, for both operators and passengers. Officers will be on the lookout for impaired boaters with an overall increase in patrols, both on the water and at recreational boating checkpoints.


County board of health quarterly meeting

La PORTE – The La Porte County Board of Health will hold its regular quarterly meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, in Meeting Room 3 of the La Porte County Complex at 809 State St. in La Porte.


Promise Scholarship committee to meet

MICHIGAN CITY – The Promise Scholarship Exceptions Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 17, at 5:30 p.m., in the East Conference Room of City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. The purpose of the meeting is to elect a board for 2019-20, and to review and discuss appeals submitted from Promise Scholarship Applications.


Crop reporting deadline extended

INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is extending the prevented plant crop reporting deadline for Indiana producers affected by spring flooding and excessive moisture. Producers without crop insurance or NAP coverage have until July 15 to report acres they intended to plant this spring but could not due to weather.

“Producers need to report prevented plant acres to retain eligibility for FSA program benefits,” Steven Brown, state executive director said. “In many areas of the state, excessive moisture has made it challenging for producers to get into their fields to plant and this deadline extension provides reporting flexibility.” Normally, the prevented plant reporting deadline is 15 calendar days after the final planting date for a crop. The prevented plant reporting deadline extension only applies to FSA and does not change RMA crop insurance reporting deadlines.

Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office as soon as possible to make an appointment to report prevented plant acres and submit their spring crop acreage report. To locate your local office, visit farmers.gov/service-locator.

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