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Producers Must Report Prevented Planting, Failed Acres

Kirby Payne, executive director of Daviess County USDA Farm Service Agency, reminds producers to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility.

Producers must report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, they were prevented from planting. Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting

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Winston Holds FFA Banquet Awards

Winston R-6 recently held its FFA Banquet Awards.

Creed Speaking Award: Drew Neth.

Greenhand FFA Degree: Logan Caldwell, Drew Neth, Christian Turner, Carly Gordon, Dylon Kessinger, Chandler Asher, Jazimin Ervin, Jacob Hullinger, Steven Muessig.

Chapter FFA Degree: Gillian Heldenbrand, Elizabeth O’Dell, Lane Fortner, Saxton Pliley, Dalton Youtsey.

Career Development Events: Dairy Foods: Chandler Asher, Logan Caldwell, Steven Muessig, Drew Neth, Jacob Hullinger, Christian Turner; Floriculture: Georgia Caldwell, Carly Gordon, Thea

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Northwest Missouri Grazing School 2015

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and University of Missouri Extension will present the 2015 Northwest Missouri Grazing School at the Ebenezer UMC Meeting Hall at 7000 SE Hwy. 169, St. Joseph, June 9-11.

The “tuition” will be $90 per person (second person with full registration will be $50). The tuition covers the costs of seminars including meals, speaker fees, refreshments, on-farm tour equipment, fence and water system demonstration, materials and

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Gallatin FFA Chapter Holds 70th Annual Parent-Member Banquet

The Gallatin FFA Chapter held its 70th Annual Parent Member banquet on May 7 in the high school gymnasium with 140 members, parents and guests attending. The banquet recognized the achievements and accomplishments of the over 60 chapter members.

The highlight of the evening was the award of the Supporter of the Year. This award recognizes a community member and leader that shows support and dedication to the continuing growth

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Farmland Productivity Valuation Going Up

New agricultural productivity values took effect on Jan. 1, 2015, according to Daviess County Assessor Betty Harmison. The assessor recently received information about the increase from the State Tax Commission.

The most recent study conducted for the State Tax Commission indicated an increase in productivity values per acre for agricultural and horticultural land. In December of 2013, the State Tax Commission of Missouri proposed the study’s range of productive values

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Peas and Beans, Part One

by Tim Baker, Regional Horticulturist

The legume family of plants is an interesting one. It includes everything from common beans and peas to soybeans to peanuts to kudzu. It even includes larger species such as mimosa, redbud, carob, and locust trees. Some legumes are toxic to humans, but many food crops come from this family.

The peas and beans are widely varied in size, shape, taste, and color. For my

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Two from Winston FFA Receive State Degree

The Winston FFA Chapter recently had seven members attend the 87th Missouri FFA State FFA Convention. Dylan Fields, Zane Snow, Georgia Caldwell, Carly Gordon, Thea Nelson, Aaron Piburn, and Drew Neth, along with advisor Katie Martin, traveled to Columbia for the annual convention held on April 16 and 17.

The Agricultural Mechanics Team consisting of Dylan Fields, Zane Snow, and Aaron Piburn placed 42nd. The Floriculture Team consisting of Georgia

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Twelve Future Ag Teachers Selected as National Ambassadors

Twelve future agriculture teachers, including Gallatin High School graduate Breanne Brammer, University of Missouri, have been selected to promote agricultural education at the local, state and national levels, over the next year, through the National Teach Ag Ambassador program. The students were selected, this spring, from a nationwide pool of agricultural education college majors.

The 2015 Teach Ag Ambassadors will have the responsibility of promoting agricultural education as a major

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Time to Get Rolling for Farm Bureau Tractor Cruise

The 2015 Keep Missouri Farming Tractor Cruise sponsored by the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture will take place July 18, rain or shine.

Drivers will take a scenic 37-mile journey through Caldwell and Daviess Counties, starting and ending at the Caldwell County Steam Engine Fairgrounds, 834 Northwest Osage Drive in Hamilton. Check in is at 8 a.m. Driver’s meeting is at 9:30 a.m. Start time is at 10 a.m.

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