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Woman dairy farmer carries on family tradition

Only 1 percent of nation’s dairy farms are run by women.

The sun is setting on the well-worn path to the dairy barn where Michelle Eilenstine milks cows.

She travels the familiar path twice a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. There are 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. milkings.

Eilenstine is one of Missouri’s small group of women dairy farmers. They are deeply passionate about what they

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NRCS Expanding Efforts to aid Bobwhite Quail

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding the northern bobwhite to Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the agency’s targeted, science-based effort to help producers restore and protect habitat for declining species on farms, ranches and working forests.

“Agriculture and wildlife both thrive together through landscape conservation,” said J.R. Flores, NRCS state conservationist in Missouri. “We’re working with farmers to make bobwhite-friendly improvements on working lands that will help

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Bees and more at the Great Plains Growers Conference

By Tim Baker, Horticulture Specialist

In a little over one month, it will be time for the Great Plains Growers Conference. This is one of the premier conferences for horticulture producers, and it is found right here in northwest Missouri. Held in St. Joseph, the Great Plains Grower’s Conference is put together every year by Extension educators from four states: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. The conference will be held

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NCMC agriculture students participate in state conference

Fifteen agriculture students from North Central Missouri College, including Morgan Dotson of Kidder, participated in the Missouri Post-Secondary Agriculture Students Organization State Conference Nov. 9-11 in West Plains. Dotson was a national qualifier in non ruminant animal systems.

The conference was hosted by Missouri State University West Plains with 140 students and advisors from eight Missouri community colleges participating in the conference. The NCMC group toured the Missouri State University

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USDA accepting applications for Conservation Stewardship Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Missouri farmers and ranchers can apply through Feb. 3 at local USDA Service Centers.

CSP is for producers who are already established conservation stewards, helping them to deliver multiple conservation benefits on working lands, including improved water and soil quality and enhanced wildlife habitat. CSP is the largest private

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Hunters check 3,698 turkeys during Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season

mdc-wild-turkey-male-in-habitat-11-16-13-1_cropThe Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced that Daviess County hunters checked 37 turkeys during Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season, Oct. 1-31. That number is down from previous years.

MDC’s turkey biologist says this year’s low fall firearms turkey harvest total can be attributed to several factors, including a poor turkey hatch, above-average acorn production, and a decline in hunter participation.

“This year’s turkey hatch was very poor, so there

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Farmers enroll in program to give back to community

Now through Nov. 30, Daviess County eligible farmers can enroll in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program to win a $2,500 donation to direct to a local eligible nonprofit organization.

The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, provides farmers the opportunity to make a difference in local the community and give back to a nonprofit of their choice.

Since 2010, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program

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Area farmers nearly done with harvest, bumper corn and soybean crops


Some corn fields surrounding the GFG Ag Services in Gilman City remains to be harvested; however, over 90% of the crops in the area are out. [Staff Photo/TLH]

After a mild, moist spring, corn and soybean farmers are seeing record yields. Missouri’s corn crop may reach 599 million bushels. Soybeans may reach 258 million bushels. Both would be records. But the downside of a healthy supply is a dip in

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2nd ‘Women in Ag’ event attracts 250

women-in-ag-crowd-under-tent The 2nd Annual Women in Agriculture Event in DeKalb County held Sept. 8 in Maysville attracted nearly 250 in attendance.

“We started planning this year’s event in the spring, as an opportunity to give women involved in agriculture a chance to network, learn, be inspired and have fun,” said Mandi Bird, executive director of the DeKalb County FSA office.

Mandi is married to Dillon Patrick Bird of Gallatin, son of

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