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Managed Fields Ready for Dove Opener

North America’s most prolific game bird also is one of the most challenging to hunt. The Missouri Department of Conservation works to maximize this opportunity by providing food that feeds doves and gives hunters hundreds of places to hunt them.

Each year, the Conservation Department plants more than 700 fields with sunflowers, wheat, and other crops favored by doves. These fields are planted on 93 conservation areas (CAs) scattered across

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The Sauce and Crust of Public Demonstrations

Alex Endicott and Libby Endicott, daughters of Corey and Alicia Endicott of Gallatin, presented demonstrations during the Missouri State Fair held at Sedalia on Aug. 11. They also learned about organization, decision making, problem solving and public speaking. Libby won the Junior Division of the 4-H and FFA Sheep Fitting Contest. Libby received a belt buckle and hand trimmers sponsored by the Missouri Sheep Producers.

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Capital Report: Supporting Missouri’s Future Farmers

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Over that last two decades, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of Missourians who rely on the agricultural industry as a way to make a living. As a result, there are fewer individuals to support our rural communities and drive economic activity. Therefore, it is more important than ever that we support and encourage those individuals who desire to grow up and

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Agricultural Producers Have Time to Apply

for direct farm ownership loan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Missouri Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Mark Cadle, recently announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30.

Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct

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Capital Report: Celebrating Missouri’s State Fair

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last week marked the beginning of the 2014 Missouri State Fair. As the events kick off at the fairgrounds in Sedalia, we are reminded of the important role agriculture has played in shaping the history and culture of our state.

The timing of this year’s fair is particularly appropriate, as two days prior to its opening, Missouri voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment reaffirming and

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Brammer Awarded Two Scholarships

Breanne Brammer of Gallatin has been awarded the Don Heil Government Studies Internship and the Elyzabeth Schell Scholarship from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for the 2014-2015 academic year.

“Scholarships enable us to recruit and retain outstanding students to our college,” said Bryan Garton, associate dean of academic programs.

Brammer, a senior majoring in science and agricultural journalism, is the daughter of Dennis and

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Two Cable Restraint Classes Offered in Area

Two cable restraint classes will be offered in the area, according to Daviess County Conservation Agent Alan Bradford.

The first class offered will be at Ropp’s Fur Buying at Jamesport on Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Class size is limited to 35 individuals. Pre-registration is required by calling Ropp’s Fur at 660-684-6284.

The second class offered is sponsored by the Missouri Trappers Association and the Missouri Department

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USDA Extends Deadline for Emergency Assistance

For livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish program

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1.

The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses

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Fireblight Can Devastate Trees If Left Untreated

by Tim Baker, Horticulture Specialist

Four years ago, I wrote a couple of columns on fireblight, a bacterial disease of apples, pears, and related species. While the disease is usually around to some degree, some years are worse than others. This year fireblight has been a major problem all over the state. I saw some pretty bad cases of the disease in Lafayette and Saline counties… and it has been

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