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Making Good Management Decisions: MU Extension Researchers Create Automated System to Track Precipitation

A group of University of Missouri Extension researchers, led by Pat Guinan, state climatologist, have developed an automated system to track precipitation accumulations across the state.

Nearly five years ago, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) revised its CAFO regulatory rules for catastrophic and chronic weather events.

CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, are large animal agricultural facilities that raise a specific number of animals in production barns or confinement

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The buzz on Endangered Species Act reform

by Shiloh Perry

During the final weeks of the Obama administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. While the FWS claims the listing will help protect the bee species, what does the first-ever addition of a bee species in the continental U.S. to the endangered species list mean?

It means that the rusty patched bumblebee, an important

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Straw bale gardening offers options for gardeners

Overcome poor soil and limited space.

You can’t grow turkey in the straw. However, you can grow side dishes and floral centerpieces for a turkey dinner in the straw.

Straw bale gardens are becoming popular with growers who are plagued with poor soil or limited garden space, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. Straw bale gardening combines container gardening and raised-bed gardening into one green-thumb package.

You can

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Gallatin chapter observes FFA Week

National FFA Week is Feb. 18-25. The theme is “Transform Purpose to Action.” The Gallatin chapter has some special activities planned.

On Sunday, the chapter will attend First Christian Church in full official dress. Monday is Teacher Appreciation Day and breakfast will be served to all faculty and staff. It’s also T-Shirt Day.

Tuesday is “drive your tractor to school” or “wear a tractor related item to school” day. On

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Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1917, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The

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S.A.L.E. Conference to be held in St. Joseph

By Tim Baker, Regional Horticulturist

University of Missouri Extension will be holding our fourth annual S.A.L.E. Conference in St. Joseph, on Saturday, March 4.  S.A.L.E. stands for Small Acreage & Land Entrepreneurs. The meeting will be held on the campus of Missouri Western State University, and starts at 8:30 with registration. The conference is geared toward landowners who are looking for ways to generate income off of their land. We

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Thank a Farmer Week celebrates agriculture

Food, clothing, entertainment, medicine, shelter, transportation and so much more are brought to you by agriculture! So, join the celebration Feb. 5-11, when the Missouri Farm Bureau and County Farm Bureaus across the state celebrate the importance of agriculture.

A recently completed study, commissioned by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Farm Bureau, found agriculture remains the top industry in our state with a contribution of some $88.4

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USDA announces Farm Service Agency cooperative agreements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced cooperative agreements with 46 partners to educate producers, including those who have been historically underserved by USDA programs, about Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs that provide financial, disaster or technical support. Nearly $2.5 million will go to nonprofits and universities that will provide training and access to FSA programs, financial resources and other information.

“We’re always innovating to find new ways for

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Northwest Missouri farmer indicted for $800,000 crop insurance fraud

Tammy Dickinson, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Albany farmer, with operations in Daviess County and elsewhere, was indicted by a federal grand jury for a nearly $800,000 fraud scheme to receive federal crop insurance payments to which he was not entitled.

Ryan A. Ruckman, 60, Albany, was charged in an eight-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.

Mr. Ruckman owned

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