Business digest – July 24

Agency owner designated for award

A Clovis insurance agency owner was designated last week for a company award.

Nick Wiegel received Allstate's Premier Service Agency designation, an honor bestowed on less than one-third of Allstate's total agency force, according to a release from the company.

The designation, according to the release, is given to Allstate agency owners who have "consistently demonstrated excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledge and personal customer experience, and in achieving outstanding business results."

Land program sign-up period begins

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday began the sign-up period for the Highly Erodible Land Initiative. The Conservation Reserve Program initiative is intended to protect up to 750,000 acres of land most sensitive to erosion.

Eligible landowners would receive annual rental payments and cost-sharing assistance for covers on cropland for a 10-year period. The cropland must have an erodibility index of 20 or more.

Producers can receive information at their local Farm Service Agency office or online at www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.

Linemen to showcase work, safety skills

Electric linemen from across the Xcel Energy's Amarillo service region will showcase their work and safety skills at the 21st Lone Star Lineman's Rodeo, scheduled for 8 a.m. (CDT) Saturday at Xcel Energy's Amarillo Technical Center, 7801 E. Interstate 40.

The top four Xcel Energy Texas and New Mexico teams and apprentices from the Amarillo event will earn a trip to the International Lineman's Rodeo in October in Bonner Springs, Kan. just outside of Kansas City. Clovis is one of 17 cities represented in the rodeo.

Events include a pole climb while carrying a raw egg in the mouth, rescue of a 165-pound dummy from atop a power pole and three mystery events. The events involve the jobs and safety skills a lineman would need on a daily basis.

Information: 806-378-4140 or www.lonestarlinemanrodeo.com

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Kevin Wilson. He can be contacted at 763-3431, ext. 313, or by email:

kwilson@cnjonline.com.

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