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County Watch

Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Efforts to preserve historical sites in Summit County have placed the area among the top 10 Rocky Mountain counties in preservation, according to a Colorado College report.

Utah ranks No. 1 in the eight-state region, the 2009 Colorado College State of the Rockies Report Card states.

Of all counties in the region, Summit County has the 9th most historic sites listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, according to the report.

There are about 5,800 historical sites in the Rocky Mountain region. Of the sites, 3,276 were nominated for their relevance to an event in history, 162 relate to a historic figure, 2,438 are listed for design and structural characteristics and 16 are listed for their information potential, according to a prepared statement from Colorado College.

Pride in your park

Volunteers will meet at City Park in Park City Saturday at 8:30 a.m. to pick up trash and recyclables at parks, waterways, fields and on roadsides in the Park City area.

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Breakfast and lunch will be provided and volunteers can enter a contest to win a bicycle from Cole Sport, according to Recycle Utah Executive Director Insa Riepen.

"Pride in Your Park has traditionally been community fun for families and kids, nonprofits, civic organizations, neighborhoods and businesses," Riepen said in a prepared statement.

To volunteer or for more information call Recycle Utah at 649-9698.

Farm program enrollment is underway

Enrollment in the Average Crop Revenue Election program began last month, a press release from the Utah Farm Service Agency states.

The safety program is a provision of the 2008 Farm Bill, the press release states.

"The Average Crop Revenue Election program is an innovative alternative to the traditional farm safety," said Cary Son, farm bureau specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in Utah. "This new option presents an opportunity for producers to review both programs and decide which one will work best for their operation."

Producers have until Aug. 14 to apply.

Those who choose the ACRE program for their farm:

Forgo counter-cyclical payments

Accept a 20 percent reduction of direct payments

Accept a 30 percent reduction in loan rates for commodities produced on the farm

Commodities eligible for payments from the program include: wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, upland cotton, long grain, medium and short grain rice, peanuts, soybeans, sunflower seed, canola, flaxseed, safflower, mustard seed, rapeseed, sesame seed, crambe, dry peas, lentils, small and large chickpeas.

For more information about the Average Crop Revenue Election program visit your local Farm Service Agency office or http://www.fsa.usda.gov.