August 2012

Bonny Culhane, Vice President of Human Resources/Quality, is pleased to announce that Mindy Eddy, RN, has accepted the position of Director of Avera Occupation Medicine.
As director, she is responsible for the service delivery of an occupational medicine clinic, certified case management, multiple employer service, third party administration programs, and collaborative service delivery of occupational health care from numerous health care vendors state-wide.
She is responsible for the treatment, follow-up and monitoring of injured workers for client companies and will be performing a wide variety of marketing, administrative, educational, clinical and supervisory duties.  According to Culhane, “Essentially, Mindy will be responsible for the entire occupational health operation.”
Mindy Eddy is a graduate of Woonsocket High School and received her nursing degree from Dakota Wesleyan University. She has worked as a Customer Service Representative and Clinic Manager for Avera Occupational Medicine for the past seven years and prior to that, she worked five years as a nurse on swing bed at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital and for three years as a long-term care nurse.
Mindy and her three sons reside in Emery.

By Owen Anderson, County Executive Director, Jerauld and Sanborn counties
CRP Haying/Grazing 2012:  the last day to cut CRP for hay is Aug. 31. Deadline to report acres hayed and hay tonnage is Sept. 11. If you hayed less than was agreed upon you must certify to this and show the change on your haying map to correct the payment reduction. Deadline to remove CRP hay is Oct. 1. Deadline to complete grazing can be found on your grazing plan, but is no later than Oct. 1. Deadline to report CRP grazing is five days after livestock removal and no later than Oct. 5. FSA needs to know actual acres hayed/grazed in order to finalize payment data. Late reports could hold up annual payments.
CRP Mid-Contract Management: Management activities are required in most grassland CRP contracts at predetermined times. Under the right circumstances Emergency or Managed haying or grazing activities will be substituted for required mid-contract management due in 2012 and beyond. FSA will be reviewing each contract to see how this will affect your management obligations.
Office Closed on Sept 3 to observe Labor Day.
“USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.”

Remember September and donate blood

Blood drive Sept. 5 at Van Dykes

This September, LifeServe Blood Center is remembering those lost in the 9/11 tragedy and asking blood donors to give back in their honor. All blood donors who register to donate blood in the month of September are eligible to redeem a commemorative Remember September T-shirt in thanks for their support of blood donation.
You can make a life-saving blood donation at the next VanDyke’s Taxidermy Blood Drive.  The blood drive will take place on Wednesday, Sept.  5 from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Bloodmobile at Van Dyke’s Taxidermy, 39771 SD Hwy. 34.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please contact Susan Kalb at (605) 796-4425 ext. 3. You can also schedule your appointment online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org.
The Blood Center of Iowa joined operations with Siouxland Community Blood Bank in April 2010 to become LifeServe Blood Center.  As one of the 15th largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 90 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.
LifeServe is committed to providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800-287-4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org.