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2C Feb. 23, 2008 Mountain Messenger - The Weekend Paper for the Greembrier Valley Dale Dugan Jr, Farm Loan Manager for USDA's Farm Ser- vice Agency in West Virginia's, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Nicho- las, Webster, Fayette, Raleigh, and Wyoming counties an- nounced recently that women and minority farmers inter- ested in buying and operating family-sized farms may be eli- gible for loans from FSA. '~l'he Farm Service Agency is interested in promoting greater involvement in farming and ranching by women and mi- norities," said Farm Loan Man- ager Dale Dugan. "Each year, we reserve a portion of our farm loan funds especially for socially disadvantaged appli- cants." The loans available to women and minorities are the Same as those for other borrow- ,ers, as are the eligibility re- quirements. Applicants must be primarily and directly en- gaged in farming and ranching On family-size operations. A Socially disadvantaged appli- cant is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of his or her identity as members of the group without regard to his or her individual qualities. For purposes of this program, so- cially disadvantaged groups are women, African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, and Asian Americans and Pacific Island- ers. In addition to being mem- bers of a socially disadvantaged group, applicants under this program must meet all re- quirements for FSA's regular farm loan program assistance. Farm ownership loan funds may be used to purchase or en- large a farm or ranch, pur- chase easements or rights of way needed in the farm's 0p- eration, build or improve build- ings such as a dwelling or barn, promote soil and water conservation and develop- ment, and pay closing costs. Farm operating loan funds may be used to purchase live- stock, poultry, farm equipment, fertilizer, and other materials necessary to operate a suc- cessful farm. Operating Loan funds can also be used for fam- ily living expenses, refinancing debts under certain conditions, paying salaries for hired farm laborers, installing or improv- ing water systems for home, livestock, or irrigation use, and other similar improvements. Contact the local Farm Ser- vice Agency county office lo- cated at 179 Northridge Drive, Lewisburg or call (304) 645- 6172 ext. 2 to obtain detailed information about the Socially Disadvantaged Applicant loan program. Or access information on all FSA programs on the Web at www.fsa.usda.gov. The U. S. Department of Ag- riculture (USDA) prohibits dis- crimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, political beliefs, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, paren- tal status, religion, sexual ori- entation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or be- cause all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance pro- gram. INot all prohibited basis apply to all programs). Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for commu- nications of program informa- tion (Braille, large print, audio- tape, etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimina- tion, write to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 In- dependence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or {202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Marketing fee ffor the entire conference, in- cludling lunch, is only $49 for nonL-Chamber members and $39 for Chamber members. Call (304) 253-3145 or (800) 766-4556 to register. Brought to you in partner- ship through: the Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greater Green- Oscars' Greenroom to feature a touch of The Greenbrier The Greenbrier's. rhododendron china and pink water glasses will be a part of the Carleton Varney-designed Gretnroom at this Surnday's Academy Awards. This year's 80th Annual Academy Awards' Greenroom, the exclusive backstage lounge for Oscar presenters and hon- orees, will feature touches from The Greenbrier. For the sixth consecutive year, Architectural Digest is producing the room's d6cor and this year, they turned to legendary designer Carleton Varney to create the signature Architectural Digest Greenroom. Varney, president of the Dorothy Draper & Co. Inc has cr eated his own Hollywood masterpiece for this notewor- th.:y occasion. "I wanted to make a ]Dorothy Draper dream room, so) when the stars walk in, thtey'll swoon," he said. And to reecreate the Draper magic, he called upon The Greenbrier, wee)l-known for its Draper decor, fo)r assistance. Among The Greenbrier items being used are cups, saucers, salad plates and serving plat- te~'rs made by Homer Laughlin C]hina in Newell, and pink wa- ter glasses produced by Mosser G~lass in Cambridge, Ohio. The china and glassware are sig- nature items irl Draper's res- taurant, the resort's popular lunch venue. The cups, sau- cers, salad plates and serving platters feature the rhododen- dron in a design from Dorothy Draper's 1940's renovation of the resort. Draper incorporated the West Virginia state flower into much of the decor at The Greenbrier as her theme for the project .was "Romance and Rhododendrons." In creating this year's Greenroom, Varney said, "I wanted to recall the 'Golden Age' of Hollywood, where the mix of white satin, fringes, mir- rors, leather tufting and crys- tal were the components of the design." Staying true to Dor- othy Draper fashion, Varney has employed her trademark use of black and white floors and doors against glazed aub- ergine walls to create stunning contrast. "I hope that the room in- spires people to reminisce about Hollywood and feel like the movie stars they dreamt about growing up," said Varney. www.mountainmessenaer.com continued from 1C brier County Chamber of Com- merce, New River Community & Technical College, State Fair of WV, Small Business Work Force - WV Small Business Development Center and the Women's Business & Training Center. BEL LEWIS MOTORS www bil||ewlsrnofor~, corn IT'S IN LEWISB I 404 N JEFFERSON ST. LEWtSBURG, WV 24901 (800) 253-0228 (304) 645-2424 Gary Guy Thank you to all my customers for helping me achieve this honor. 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