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USDA announces enrollment period for safety net coverage in 2016

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini recently announced that producers who chose coverage from the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can begin visiting FSA county offices starting Dec. 7, 2015, to sign contracts to enroll in coverage for 2016. The enrollment period will continue until Aug.

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Two bats and a tiny fish — county’s rich ecosystem headache for commissioners

Indiana Bat

Indiana Bat

Local motorists are aggravated and Daviess County Commissioners are frustrated after discovering that replacement of a bridge in Lincoln Township is being held up by two bats and a fish.

The commissioners learned recently that potential habitat displacement of three separate threatened species may not only delay the bridge in Lincoln Township, but the replacement of many of Daviess County’s oldest and most dilapidated bridges. Seven of those

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Govt land in Marion Twp. not opened to the public

There is a tract of land in Daviess County, in Marion Township, of about 300 plus acres that is listed as being U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on county plat maps and it takes a bit of digging to find out how it came to be so-called.

“It’s a complicated tract of land,” said Corey Kudrna. Mr. Kudrna was a wildlife refuge specialist at

Marion Twp., Daviess Co., Mo.

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Winston Barnwarming 2016

2015 Barnwarming Royalty at Winston R-6

Winston R-6 School’s barnwarming king and queen were Aaron Piburn and Gillian Heldenbrand.

Winston R-6 School’s barnwarming king and queen were Aaron Piburn and Gillian Heldenbrand.

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Cox awarded FFA Degree

web_school ffa cox degree Kaley Cox American DegreeKaley Cox of the Gallatin FFA Chapter was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 88th National FFA Convention held in Louisville, Ken. This is the highest degree to be achieved in the FFA organization and indicates her superior leadership skills combined with her outstanding Supervised Agriculture Experience project. Kaley has been a Gallatin FFA officer, participated in numerous Career Development Events, as well as exhibited her cattle at various

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Burns takes third in speech contest

web_school ffa burns speech Aubrey Burns StateAubrey Burns of the Gallatin FFA Chapter competed Dec. 1 at the State Convention for the Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Aubrey was one of six district winners to compete at the state level with her speech “Helping People Help the Land.” Aubrey’s six to eight minute speech was judged by three industry professionals and she was awarded third place. [Submitted Photo]

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Northern Missouri hog farms turn manure into energy

An impermeable cover at Smithfield Foods Hog Production's Ruckman Farm in Northwest Missouri is part of a $120 million manure-to-energy project. Roeslein Alternative Energy will capture biogas created during the anaerobic digestion of manure from nearly two million hogs annually and begin placing it into a national pipeline in Summer 2016. When complete, the project will produce approximately 2.2 billion cubic feet of pipeline quality RNG annually and prevent approximately 850,000 tons of CO2 equivalent methane from reaching the atmosphere each year. (PRNewsFoto/Roeslein Alternative Energy, LLC)

An impermeable cover at Smithfield Foods Hog Production’s Ruckman Farm in Northwest Missouri is part of a $120 million manure-to-energy project. Roeslein Alternative Energy will capture biogas created during the anaerobic digestion of manure from nearly two million hogs annually and begin placing it into a national pipeline in Summer 2016. When complete, the project will produce approximately 2.2 billion cubic feet of pipeline quality RNG annually and prevent approximately

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SDA Begins 49th Enrollment Period for the Conservation Reserve Program

December 2015 Marks 30th Anniversary for the Nation’s Most Successful Voluntary Conservation Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) begins today, Dec. 1, 2015, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. December 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting

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Get your own, kid!

These two bald eagles were spotted eating something dead in a field along Hwy. 13 south of Gallatin on Nov. 29. The older eagle is not eager to share with the younger eagle. According to Alan Bradford, Daviess County Conservation Agent, there are currently three active bald eagle nests in Daviess County.

“It is time for the eagles to show up in the area as they migrate like ducks and

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