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Prairie Chicken Release Gives Ranch a Boost

Forty-five greater prairie chickens were released at The Nature Conservancy’s Dunn Ranch Prairie in northwest Missouri this month. The release is the second of three that will take place over three years to enhance the existing prairie chicken population at Dunn Ranch Prairie. Last year, 34 birds were released at the site.

Prairie chicken numbers have been in decline primarily because of habitat loss and fragmentation; at Dunn Ranch Prairie,

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Keeping Account Critical for Garden

by Tim Baker, Horticulture Specialist

Record keeping is important. This is especially critical for your garden. A year-by-year record of what you planted, what varieties you grew, where you planted them, weather data, and other information can be really helpful when planning future gardens.

Did you have an extreme drought? Maybe it was too wet. What insects and diseases plagued your gardening efforts? When was the last spring killing frost?

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North Daviess Receives High Honors at Area 2 Awards

This past Wednesday the North Daviess FFA received high honors at the Area 2 Awards Night held in Chillicothe. Those receiving recognition were Oscar Roedel, 1st Place Forestry Management; Chrystina Lewis, Area Farmer; Jacob Loftin, Silver Medal Creed Speaking; and Brooke Dustman, 4th place, Institute of Cooperatives and 2nd place Missouri Cattle Industry Fall Speaking Contests. At the conclusion of the event Ms. Dustman was sworn in as Area 2

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Students Selected for Careers Academy

Will visit auction at Jamesport

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is giving 30 high school students from throughout Missouri, including Morgan Dotson and Lyndi Heldenbrand of Kidder, the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture through the 2014 Missouri Agribusiness Academy – a competitive membership for sophomores interested in pursuing agriculture-related college degrees and careers.

Morgan Dotson

“Our young people are the future of Missouri agriculture, and it is important that

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USDA Prepares to Accept MAL, LDP Requests

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting requests for marketing assistance loans (MALs) and loan deficiency payments (LDPs) for eligible 2014 commodities. Notice of the authorization is published in the April 4 Federal Register.

MALs and LDPs for the 2014 crop year become available to eligible producers beginning with harvest/shearing season and extending through a specific commodity’s final loan availability date.

Sugar commodity loans

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USDA Announces Sign-Up Date for Disaster Assistance Programs

Enrollment Begins April 15 for Livestock, Honeybee, Farm-Raised Fish Programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

“President Obama and Secretary Vilsack made it a priority to begin enrollment for these programs,” said Garcia. “For farmers and ranchers who

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Kyle Croy Begins at Terry Implement


Kyle Croy, 24, has begun employment at Terry Implement as of Monday, April 7. Kyle was formerly employed at Farmer’s Bank in Gallatin. Kyle will be working in sales at Terry. Kyle graduated in 2009 from Gallatin High School.

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Grazing School Set for June 10-11

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and University of Missouri Extension will present the 2014 Northwest Missouri Grazing School at the Hundley Whaley Agriculture Experiment Station in Albany June 10 and 11.

The “tuition” will be $60 per person (second person with full registration will be $30). The tuition covers the costs of the seminars including mileage reimbursement, meals, refreshments, on-farm tour equipment, fence and water system demonstration, materials and the

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Flavor Food with Healthful Herbs

by Janet Hackert, Regional Nutrition and Health Education Specialist

University of Missouri Extension

Many people are preparing their gardens for flowers and vegetables. It’s also the time to prepare to grow herbs indoors or out. With an herb garden or containers on a patio, flavoring food with healthful herbs can be so handy.

Fresh herbs can add health benefits along with flavor. For example, a quarter cup of basil has

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