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Prescribed Fire Workshop with MDC

TRENTON, MO — The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold a prescribed fire workshop on April 11 at 9 a.m., in the shelter house at Crowder State Park. Prescribed burns use fire as a tool to help manage unwanted vegetation, increase cattle forage, and boost native plants that benefit wildlife. This workshop is free. Pre-registration is required by April 8. Contact Scott Roy by calling 660-359-5685 x114. Materials, refreshments, and

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Winston FFA Wins Gold, Silver at Area 2

Several Winston FFA Members recently competed in the Area 2 Association Leadership Development Events. Results include: Creed Speaking: Drew Neth (Gold); Chapter Scrapbook: Gillian Heldenbrand (Silver); Completed Ownership Record Book: Aaron Piburn (Gold); Area Officer Interviews: Aaron Piburn; Job Interview: Georgia Caldwell. Jacob Hullinger and Gillian Heldenbrand attended as voting delegates.

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Students Compete at National Conference

Grace Von Opitz of Gallatin, an agriculture student at North Central Missouri College, received first place in the National Postsecondary Agriculture Student Organization Conference held March 11-15 in Boise, Idaho. Four other students, including Megan Beck of Gallatin, earned recognition in career programs.

Grace received first place in Career Planning – Ruminant Animal Systems. Megan received eighth place in Career Progress- Agribusiness Systems.

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Elect ARC or PLC

USDA deadlines for Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) is March 31. Landowners need to update farm yield history and/or reallocate crop base acres. Producers need to make one-time election of ARC or PLC for 2014-2018 crop years.

What happens if you miss March 31? Your farm will not be eligible for 2014 crop year ARC or PLC payments. Your only option will be to enroll your

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USDA Closing Date for Noninsurable Crops

March 15, 2015, deadline for Daviess County producers 

The State Executive Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Daviess County, Kirby Payne, urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to do so before the sales closing date of March 15, 2015.

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields/grazing loss, loss of

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Midwest States Receive More Than $8 Million

To support wildlife, habitats, and imperiled species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced over $45 million in State Wildlife Grant funding to U.S. states and territories who develop and implement programs to protect species and habitats that are in greatest need of conservation ‑ including species that are not hunted or fished.

  • More than $8 million in grant funding distributed to eight states to support conservation initiatives defined
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Whitetail Deer Management Meeting at Jamesport

A Landowner Whitetail Deer Management meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 7, at the A.V. Spillman Event Center at 308 Broadway Street in Jamesport.

Joe DeBold, Urban Wildlife Biologist, will present Urban Management and Hunt Opportunities; 24 Years of Trophy Whitetail Management on 5,000 Acres – Lessons Learned.

Jasmine Batten, Wildlife Health Specialist, will present Diseases of White-tailed Deer in Missouri.

Megan Petras, Resource

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GHS Celebrates National FFA Week

written by a club member

During the year of 2014-2015, the Gallatin FFA Chapter has accomplished many goals and has done more than expected. This past week we celebrated National FFA Week. National FFA Week is where we celebrate Agriculture life. The Gallatin FFA chapter has 60 members. It had been a very productive year for the chapter as well as many of its members.

The summer started off with

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Winston FFA Week Culminates with Pancake Supper

The Winston FFA Chapter will be hosting a pancake supper at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in the Winston High School cafeteria for a free will donation.

Special themes for FFA week are as follows: Monday –  Comfy Cozy Day; Tuesday – Favorite Truck and/or Tractor Day; Wednesday – camo/hunter orange day; Thursday – Farmer Day; Friday –  Blue & Gold Pride Day.

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