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State Fair Scholarships Awarded to 4-H and FFA Youth

Tannah Terry and Dane Brammer

Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe recently announced that 32 youth, selected from Missouri 4-H and FFA, will be awarded scholarships by the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture (YIA) committee, including Dane Brammer and Tannah Terry, both seniors at Gallatin High School, who were chosen to receive $1,500 scholarships. These students are seeking higher education in agriculture-related fields, and received their scholarships Friday,

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USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance

Deadline June 1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

Most farmers already have a certification form on file since it’s required for participation in most USDA programs

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Chinese Solar Greenhouse for Winter Crops

by Tim Baker, Horticulture Specialist

I recently attended an update on high tunnel technology at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. One of the speakers was a grower who was sharing his experiences building and using a Chinese Solar Greenhouse.

Submitted Photo/Patrick Byers

I first heard the term, “Chinese Solar Greenhouse,” from our former State Vegetable Specialist, Dr. Sanjun Gu, at the Great Plains Growers Conference several years ago. Dr. Gu

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County 4-H Receives Over $7,000 in Grants

Daviess County 4-H has received two grants totaling over $7,000 to benefit shooting sports.

The North Central Missouri Friends of NRA held its inaugural fundraising event in Bethany in October of last year. All the money raised during the banquet came back to Northwest Missouri to benefit youth shooting sports. As a result, Daviess County 4-H Shooting Sports received a grant for $5,600 for equipment and range development at Dockery

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Area Students Attend Youth Leadership Day in Jefferson City

The Capitol was bustling with activity as 441 high school students and their chaperones took part in Missouri Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Day on April 9, including six students from Daviess County. This is the 21st year for the event, sponsored by the organization’s Promotion and Education Program.

The group, most wearing FFA jackets, visited when both House and Senate chambers were in session. The students were able to connect

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Brammer Receives Corn Growers Scholarship

The Missouri Corn Scholarship Committee is pleased to award a 2015 Missouri Corn Scholarship to Dane Brammer of Gallatin. Brammer will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council to help pay for his continuing education.

Dane is the son of Dennis and Kim Brammer. He is a senior at Gallatin R-5 High School and plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia

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Winston FFA Sends Two Teams to State

Winston FFA Chapter’s Floriculture team placed eighth, and the Ag Mechanics team received fourth during district contest, sending both of these teams to the State FFA Convention to be held April 16 and 17 in Columbia.

The Winston FFA Chapter recently had several members compete in Career Development Events. Before heading to districts, members traveled to Lathrop High School and North Central Missouri College for practice contests. This year the

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Ishmael Selected for the Missouri Agribusiness Academy

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Mattison Ishmael of Gallatin was one of 30 high school sophomores recently selected to participate in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Agribusiness Academy. Ishmael and the other students selected will spend the first week of June in St. Louis learning about many of the unique opportunities available in agriculture.

“Our youth leaders continue to advance the state’s number on industry, agriculture,” said Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce. “These young

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USDA Grants Help Cut Energy Costs

For farmers and rural businesses

Missouri Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning announced the availability of grant and loan funds through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP provides financial assistance to rural small businesses and agricultural producers for the purchase and installation of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements to reduce their energy costs and consumption.

“REAP is a community and economic development program. Any time a

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