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Daviess County Junior Livestock Show Opens July 9

It’s show time!

The annual Daviess County Jr. Livestock Show will be held this year on July 9, 10 and 11 at the fair grounds located inside Dockery Park.

The Daviess County Jr. Livestock Show will open the afternoon of July 9 with the Swine Show at 5 p.m. There will be a PeeWee Show immediately following the champion boar drive at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Katie Martin is this year’s

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Burns Attends Area FFA Leadership Development Institute

Aubrey Burns, Area II Association, First Vice President, from the Gallatin FFA Chapter attended the Area FFA Officer Institute June 12 and 13, 2015, at Camp Rising Sun. The Institute sponsored by Toyota and the Missouri FFA Association was held at Camp Rising Sun located within the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. The Institute provided leadership training for over 125 Area FFA Officers from across Missouri. Area

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USDA Opens Enrollment Period

For Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Safety-Net Programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will end Sept. 30, 2015.

The new programs, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, trigger financial protections for agricultural producers

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FSA County Committee Nominations Begin June 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Monday, June 15, 2015.

“Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “It is important for county committees to reflect America’s diversity, so I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers, including

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Father, Son Indicted for $862,000 Fraud Against Farmers

Same men plead guilty in Daviess County case in 2012

A father and son in northern Missouri were indicted by a federal grand jury June 9 for their roles in a conspiracy to defraud farmers in 10 states of nearly $862,000, according to Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Mark Henry, Sr., 50, of Cameron, and his son, Mark Henry, Jr., 28, of Lucerne, were

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Invest an Acre, Feed Thousands

The Active Aging Resource Center (Daviess County Senior Center) is encouraging participation in the “Invest an Acre” program through Second Harvest Community Food Bank.

One in five people in Northwest Missouri are food insecure and 55% of high food insecure counties are located in rural counties.

Invest an Acre is a program that encourages farmers across the country to donate the value of one acre or more of crop proceeds

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R-5 FFA Chapter Officers Participate in Training

Over 1000 local Chapter FFA Officers, 186 advisors from 134 chapters attended the annual LEAD training, including Gallatin FFA members McKenzie Taylor, Aubrey Burns, Kaitlyn Bird, Megan Cox, Jarod Rains and Courtney Shubert. The LEAD (Learn, Educate, Advance, and Develop) training is designed to help prepare each officer team for their term of service for the 2015-2016 school year. The officers were provided team-building and bonding opportunities, the opportunity to

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Stripe Rust Reduces Yield in Area Wheat Fields

by Heather Benedict, Regional Agronomists

Stripe rust is being found in wheat fields located along the Missouri River in Northwest Missouri. The disease impacts the top leaf or flag leaf of the wheat plant. Wheat is now in the grain fill stage. When leaves are diseased, the leaf area that is needed for grain fill is damaged and yields will be reduced.

The symptoms of stripe rust are long stripes

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Too Much of a Good Thing for Farmers

Frequent rains in May have pushed corn planting back to five-year lows statewide. More than 15% of Missouri’s corn crop is not planted, according to the USDA’s May 26 crop progress report. In northwestern Missouri, only 64% of the planned corn crop is in the ground, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold. Farmers who aren’t done planting corn may be thinking about switching to soybeans or

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