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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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Letter to the Editor: Amendment #1

Dear Editor:

On Aug. 5 voters need to support Amendment #1 to help stop the runaway regulation that is taking place in our nation. The Missouri Farming Amendment is to help protect Missouri farmers from harmful and burdensome regulations. Don’t take me wrong, some regulations are needed, but we are being overrun with them. A lot of regulations are not based on science but someone’s idea that thinks we need

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MDC Encourages Missourians to Protect Deer

The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved proposed regulation changes to the Missouri Wildlife Code regarding the operations of hunting preserves and wildlife breeding facilities that hold white-tailed deer, mule deer, and their hybrids.

The proposed regulation changes will be published in the Missouri Register through the Secretary of State’s Office at sos.mo.gov/adrules/moreg/moreg.asp for a 30-day public comment period beginning July 16.

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Director Robert Ziehmer stressed

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Nixon Protects Conservation Legacy with Two Vetoes

Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed two bills that would have redefined the term “livestock” to include captive deer in order to eliminate the role of the Missouri Department of Conservation in regulating white-tailed deer. The governor said those provisions of Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326 would go against longstanding successful conservation practices and also would clearly violate the Missouri Constitution, which gives exclusive authority over game and wildlife

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Nomination Deadline Nears for FSA County Committees

U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations.

County committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers elected to local committees share their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs.

“There’s still time for eligible

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Cover Crop Pilot Project Expanded

The State Soil and Water District Commission have approved modifications and expansion of the current Cover Crop Pilot Project. The pilot project is being expanded so that each soil and water conservation district has the opportunity for landowners/operators to implement cover crops on a limited number of acres for fiscal year 2015. The practice will provide a $30 per acre incentive for operators implementing cover crops under a required no-till

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Entries for Parade Sought

JAMESPORT, MO – Parade entries are being accepted for the Jamesport Jr. Livestock Show, held July 24-25. The parade will be on July 26, and any interested in entering should call 660-684-9906 or 684-6167.

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Retail Farm Market School

by Tim Baker

I recently attended a “train-the-trainer” workshop about an exciting way to teach marketing techniques to growers who participate in on-farm sales or farmers markets, produce managers in stores, and even some applicability to growers who grow wholesale for produce auctions. It was taught by an ag marketing educator from Penn State Extension. He calls the school the “Retail Farm Market School.”

The school is divided into five

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Daviess County Junior Livestock Show Opens July 10

The annual Daviess County Junior Livestock Show will be held this year on July 10, 11 and 12 at the fair grounds located inside Dockery Park.

The Daviess County Junior Livestock Show will open the afternoon of July 10 with the Swine Show at 5 p.m. This is a change from years past. There will be a PeeWee Show immediately following the champion boar drive at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Chris

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