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Master Gardener classes

Master Gardeners are trained through a series of classes held in Northwest Missouri every spring. Training locations are determined on interest. It usually takes a minimum of 15 people to hold a class.

This year, we are concentrating on Bethany, Plattsburg and St. Joseph for training locations. If one of these locations will not work for you, please call me at 660-663-3232 and let me know. If we can find

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MDC and Nature Conservancy offer prairie chicken viewing

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and The Nature Conservancy will offer the public a chance to watch prairie chickens “booming” in the their sunrise mating dance at Dunn Ranch. Prairie chickens are endangered in Missouri but a two-state program has restored them to the Dunn Ranch area in Harrison County. Limited spots will be available for viewing from a blind, Thursdays through Sundays, March 30-April 23.

MDC’s Pawnee Prairie

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National FFA Week Feb. 18-25

Tri-County R-7 High School FFA Chapter: 1st Row- Advisor, Amy Holder, Taegan Dunks, Reporter, Zack King, Historian, Haylie Turner, Treasurer, Lilly SImons, Vice President, Austing Eckert, President, Macey Ward, Secretary , Jadan Almond, Reoirterm Brianna Allen, Sentinel. 2nd- James Campbell, Ashley Ybarra, Abbie Rexing, Bailee Hoover, Chanda Woodring, Angelea Salazar, Kaylynn George. 3rd- Kince Hutchinson, Quinton Courter, Dakota Dowd, Felisha Orndorff, Kendra Gutshall, Nick Justus, Tanna Courter. 4th- Alex Bechtel,

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Private pesticide applicator training scheduled here

Private pesticide applicator training will focus on the use of dicamba resistant soybean technology. In addition, growers who do not need a license should attend to become knowledgeable about this technology.

The Daviess County Ag Update will be held on Wednesday, March 1 at the First Christian Church, 1501 S. Main Street, in Gallatin. The DeKalb County Ag Update will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the meeting room

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Making Good Management Decisions: MU Extension Researchers Create Automated System to Track Precipitation

A group of University of Missouri Extension researchers, led by Pat Guinan, state climatologist, have developed an automated system to track precipitation accumulations across the state.

Nearly five years ago, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) revised its CAFO regulatory rules for catastrophic and chronic weather events.

CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, are large animal agricultural facilities that raise a specific number of animals in production barns or confinement

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The buzz on Endangered Species Act reform

by Shiloh Perry

During the final weeks of the Obama administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. While the FWS claims the listing will help protect the bee species, what does the first-ever addition of a bee species in the continental U.S. to the endangered species list mean?

It means that the rusty patched bumblebee, an important

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Straw bale gardening offers options for gardeners

Overcome poor soil and limited space.

You can’t grow turkey in the straw. However, you can grow side dishes and floral centerpieces for a turkey dinner in the straw.

Straw bale gardens are becoming popular with growers who are plagued with poor soil or limited garden space, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. Straw bale gardening combines container gardening and raised-bed gardening into one green-thumb package.

You can

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Gallatin chapter observes FFA Week

National FFA Week is Feb. 18-25. The theme is “Transform Purpose to Action.” The Gallatin chapter has some special activities planned.

On Sunday, the chapter will attend First Christian Church in full official dress. Monday is Teacher Appreciation Day and breakfast will be served to all faculty and staff. It’s also T-Shirt Day.

Tuesday is “drive your tractor to school” or “wear a tractor related item to school” day. On

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Search for Missouri Century Farms continues

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1917, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The

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