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Growing grapes

By Tim Baker, Regional Horticulturist

As I travel around Northwest Missouri helping homeowners with their horticultural problems, I sometimes find a few grapevines in their yards. This is an interesting plant, with both food and landscaping potential. And its fruit can be used in a number of versatile ways. I often wonder why more people don’t grow them.

Grapes are included in the family Vitaceae, and the common genus we

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MU receives USDA grant to help veterans, Latinos, women and others to farm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $179,614 grant to the University of Missouri to support efforts to help to veterans, Latinos, women and socially disadvantaged persons to farm or go into agribusiness.

The grant will fund eight workshops over the course of a year, said MU Extension health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch.

MU Extension specialists will offer “Understanding the Alphabet Soup of USDA Programs” and “Grow Your

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Winston Greenhands attend Area 2 initiation

school-winston-ffa-greenhandsSix Winston FFA Greenhands (first year members) traveled to Gallatin for the Area 2 FFA Association’s Greenhand Initiation on Oct. 12, where they were introduced as new members, enjoyed remarks from State FFA Officer Logan Korff, and mingled with other first year members from the Area 2 Association. Pictured are, left to right, front row, Holly Caldwell, State Officer Logan Korff, Thomas Kile; back row, Kyler Trimble, Gabe Riddle, Gunnar

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FSA reporting dates announced

If you are a farm producer using USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs, you should pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates announced for 2017.

Kirby Payne, executive director for the Daviess County USDA agency office, emphasizes that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses — including failed acreage — can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.

“In order to comply

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City officially signs water plant project

Various paperwork was approved during a special meeting of the Gallatin Board of Aldermen Oct 17 at city hall, paving the way for major improvements for Gallatin’s water and sewer systems.

Gallatin aldermen unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $3.9 million in bonds for new waterworks and sewer improvements. The ordinance (No. 1176-16) allows for 35-year revenue bonds with the USDA for $3,900,000 at 1.375% interest.

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USDA issues safety-net payments to farmers in response to 2015 market downturn

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beginning today, many of the 1.7 million farms that enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year.

“This fall, USDA will be making more than $7 billion in payments under the ARC-County and PLC programs to assist participating producers, which will account for

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Master Beekeeper Course starts in Trenton November 19

master-bee-keeperUniversity of Missouri Extension’s newly developed Certified Master Beekeeper program will be offered in Trenton from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Jewett Norris library Hoover Theater.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

“Basic Beekeeping for Beginners” will focus on the principles of beekeeping. Those principles include the history of beekeeping, honeybee biology, plant and pollinator relationship, and essential equipment and requirements.

“We are excited to bring

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Brammer Farms nominated

A Gallatin family has been nominated as the Mizzou Farm Family.

Vote for Brammer Farms as the Mizzou Farm Family, Everyone can vote once a day on the Mizzou Athletics Facebook page until October 16.

Brammer Farms supports Missouri agriculture and the Missouri tigers. Family members Breanne and Dane Brammer are current Mizzou students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Both raised crossbred cattle and showed American

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Braymer man sentenced for $262,000 cattle fraud

A Braymer man was sentenced in federal court on Oct. 3 for a cattle fraud scheme that resulted in losses of more than $262,000 to his victims, according to Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Garland Joseph “Joey” Nelson, 22, of Braymer, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Nelson to

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