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Gallatin FFA Members Receive Degree Pins

Twelve members of the Gallatin FFA Chapter attended the Area II FFA Association Chapter Degree ceremony in Cameron on Sept. 17. This event recognized FFA members starting their second year of membership in the FFA Organization and presented them with their Chapter Degree pin. Featured speaker was Wesley Davis, Eastern Region National FFA Officer. Tannah Terry, Gallatin FFA president and Area II secretary, was also in attendance.

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MDC Announces Seed Buying Dates

The Missouri Department of Conservation will again be buying tree and shrub seed this year.

Every fall, throughout the state, the Missouri Department of Conservation operates seed buying stations. The Chillicothe office is one of those stations.

The seed collected in Chillicothe and other collection points are shipped to the George O. White nursery at Licking and used for producing the seedlings that are sold to the public every spring.

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Poosey Quail Area Habitat Tour

CHILLICOTHE, MO — On Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., a free tour of the Poosey Quail Focus Area Habitat will be given, and is to include lunch and resource materials at no cost. RSVP by Sept. 24 to participate in tour highlights, which will include edge feathering, warm season grass establishment, pollinator plots, prescribed burning, how to conduct fall covey count, and more. Directions to the

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Civil Bend Farm Celebrates 150 Years in Family

A farm near Civil Bend has been 150 years in the family and will celebrate the event with an open house between 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. The farm is presently owned by Alan and Linda Hutchinson Goodwin of Platte City. The farm is located on I-35 and DD Hwy. Take the 72 exit off of I-35 and go east on DD to the first drive on the right.

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Capital Report: The 2014 Veto Session

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last week, the Missouri General Assembly convened the 2014 veto session. The constitutionally directed session provides the legislature the opportunity to override bills vetoed by the governor. Unlike regular session when a simple majority vote is enough to approve a bill, it takes a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers to overturn a veto. This means any measure that is ultimately overridden requires broad support,

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From Mules to Pulls: Daviess County Shines at State Fair

Mules, Donkeys, Jacks & Jennets: Horse Mule, 56″ and Under, Open; 1st – Money Joker; Mare Mule, over 56″, Open; 1st – Money — Sissy; Showmanship, 12yrs of Age & under: 1st – Money — Joker; Showmanship, Adult: 3rd — Sissy; Pleasure, 12 Yrs of Age & under: 3rd — Joker; Walk-trot, Open: 3rd — Sissy; Costume Class, Open: 3rd — Joker; Jumping Mule, 56″ & under: 4th — Joker;

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2014 Missouri State Fair Winners

1. Creason Genetics, of Gallatin, received Champion Berkshire Gilt in the Open Berkshire Gilt Show at the 2014 Missouri State Fair on August 12.

2. Grady Rains, 15, of Gallatin, received 4-H Champion Berkshire Gilt and Reserve Champion Open Berkshire Gilt at the 2014 Missouri State Fair on August 12. Grady is the son of Dave and Julie Rains and is a member of the Gallatin Knee Hi 4-H Club.

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Returns

by Tim Baker, Regional Horticulturist

Last September, I wrote a column about a new insect pest of fruits, the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). This is a tiny fruit fly, which creates havoc by laying its eggs in fruits such as blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, and others. When the eggs hatch, the larvae eat their way through your fruit, ruining its quality.

My article also included a number of photographs of

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Capital Report: Overriding Support for MO Agriculture

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Missouri farmers feed and fuel the world and they also employ hundreds of thousands of Missouri citizens in the process. As a result, the agriculture industry remains the largest economic engine in Missouri. Therefore, it only makes sense that the future economic health of our state greatly depends on a strong and vibrant agriculture industry.

During the 2014 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly passed

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