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Rains Selected as Member of National FFA Band

Jarod Rains, a member of the Gallatin FFA chapter in Gallatin, will be on stage and in the spotlight Oct. 28-31 during the 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

Jarod Rains, a junior and the son of Lance and Beth Rains, has been selected to play Baritone Saxophone in the National FFA Band.

Jarod Rains submitted an audition tape and was selected to help bring full instrumental

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Heldenbrands are State Fair Farm Family for Daviess County

Duane and Angie Heldenbrand and family of Winston were among the 110 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on Aug. 11. The Heldenbrands were selected as the Daviess Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Daviess County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Gillian Heldenbrand, who is currently serving as the 2015-2016 Winston FFA Chapter Secretary, and Kristen Heldenbrand, a former president of

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Area Livestock Exhibitors Earn State Fair Recognition

Equine Mules: Open Mules:

Horse Mules, 56 Inches & Under: 1st – Joker, Randy Eads, Coffey; Mare Mule, Over 56 Inches, Open, 5th – Sissy, Randy Eads, Coffey; Showmanship, 12 Years Old & Under, 1st – Joker, Randy Eads, Coffey; Showmanship, Adult, 4th – Sissy, Randy Eads, Coffey.

Pleasure Mules, 12 Years Old & Under, 1st – Joker, Randy Eads, Coffey; Costume Class, Open, 4th – Joker, Randy Eads, Coffey.

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Vandiver Barrow Brings Record Price at State Fair

The Missouri State Fair celebrated Youth in Agriculture Day, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Saturday, Aug. 22. The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, with several record-breaking prices, raising $142,950. 

The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited by Kaycee Vandiver of McFall. Kaycee’s 275-pound Crossbred hog was purchased for a record $23,800 by Elite Swine Program/ESP Show Feeds and BTC Bank with locations in Bethany, Gallatin, Albany, Pattonsburg,

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Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow Announced

The Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow honor went to Kaycee Vandiver of McFall. She is the daughter of Jerad and Vicki Vandiver and is member of the Michelville 4-H Club. Kaycee’s Crossbred barrow weighed 275 pounds.

On Aug. 22, Kaycee will sell the barrow in one of 12 lots offered in the Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions. Proceeds from the annual sale benefit both the winning exhibitors and the

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Enrollment for Safety-Net Programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period began June 17 and will end Sept. 30.

The new programs, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, trigger financial protections for agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. More than 1.76 million

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Women in Ag: Home Grown Event Set for Sept. 24

The DeKalb County Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and MU Extension are hosting the first annual Women in Ag “Home Grown” Event at the June Conley Building in Maysville on September 24. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for attendees to visit local vendors, followed by a Container Gardening Workshop at 6, dinner served at 6:30, and guest speaker, Andrew

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Jumps Honored by the Vo-Ag Teachers Association

Rustin Jumps of Gallatin was recently awarded with a Distinguished Service Award at the 2015 MVATA Awards Luncheon.

Mr. Jumps represented the Northwest District Association of the organization. This awards luncheon was held as a function of the Missouri Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association annual conference, during the Missouri Association of Career and Technical Education Conference in Springfield.

Pictured from left to right, front row, Angie Hamlin, Highland; Valerie Montgomery, Bucklin

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Winston FFA Students Exhibit at NCMC Fair

Five students from the Winston FFA Chapter recently exhibited projects at the North Central Missouri Fair in Trenton. The following is a list of each FFA member and what they exhibited:

Logan Caldwell – Boot Jack; Drew Neth – BBQ Grill and Metalworking Forge; Gillian Heldenbrand – Scrolled Book Pages Wall Hanging; Elizabeth O’Dell – three Wreaths; Aaron Piburn – Standard Rex Rabbit.

Logan was honored for his woodworking project

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