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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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Study announces agriculture’s economic impact

A recently completed study revealed that agriculture’s economic contribution to Missouri totals $88.4 billion. That number incorporates crops, livestock, forestry and fishery production; agriculture inputs and services; food and related products manufacturing and forestry products manufacturing.

The study, commissioned by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and Missouri Farm Bureau, details the economic contribution of agriculture in each county and each Congressional district as well. It can be viewed in its

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MU Extension offers free tax preparation service

University of Missouri Extension will provide free tax-preparation and e-filing assistance to eligible residents of northwest Missouri.

“If you are an individual or family of any age with low-income to moderate income, in need of help with filing your taxes, we will help at no cost to you,” said Dr. Meridith Berry, MU Extension family financial education specialist. “Tax returns can also be prepared for high school and college students.”

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Horticulture well covered in northwest extension region

A few years ago, MU Extension regions were reorganized into seven regions. Our Northwest Extension Region gained four new counties. We now stretch from Marshall to Rock Port, and from St. Joseph to Princeton.

Sometime after that, we held meetings to discuss programmatic assignments with our stakeholders… i.e. what type of specialist should be assigned to each county? It was an interesting process, which resulted in some long term goals

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Sew a little spring at library’s Seed Swap Day

Local seed savers are invited to join the Master Gardeners Club for the first annual Seed Sharing Event at the Daviess County Library from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The last Saturday of January every year is celebrated as National Seed Swap Day. Local seed savers with good quality seed to share are invited to share seeds with other seed savers and local gardeners. Bring extra seed you have

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Cost-share sign up starts Feb. 1

State cost-share sign up starts Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at the Soil & Water Conservation District Office located in the USDA Service Center Office, Gallatin. These funds are available July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Applications will only be accepted during the month of February. All landowners or operators will need a current Landowner Authorization form, which establishes land ownership, filled out before, or at the time of applying.

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Jacob Swafford new wildlife biologist

Jacob Swafford has begun work as the new Soil and Water Conservation Wildlife Biologist for Daviess Counties and Harrison, Gentry and Worth.

“A big part of my job is building relationships with local landowners,” Mr. Swafford said. “I work one-on-one with landowners, providing wildlife technical assistance and help enrolling in local, state, and federal conservation programs.”

Mr. Swafford grew up in Columbia. He graduated from the University of Missouri with

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Ag financial workshop scheduled for Gallatin

University of Missouri Extension will be holding a workshop on agricultural finances titled “Staying in the Farming Business: Cut Costs, Not Income.” The workshop will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Gallatin, at the Lions Club Building on West Grand. Supper is included and pre-registration is required.

Topics addressed will include breakeven costs, crop and livestock budgets including averages, ag chemical, fertilizer and seed costs, energy

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