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Bees and more at the Great Plains Growers Conference

by Tim Baker Horticulture Specialist

In a little over one month, it will be time for the Great Plains Growers Conference. This is one of the premier conferences for horticulture producers, and it is found right here in northwest Missouri. Held in St. Joseph, the Great Plains Grower’s Conference is put together every year by Extension educators from five states: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The conference will

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Three on FSA County Committee, one up for re-election

Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2015 FSA County Committee elections on Nov. 9, 2015. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 7, 2015, to ensure that their vote is counted.

Kirby Payne at the Daviess County FSA Office stated that Dale Ayers,

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Share the Harvest and turkeys at Seventh-Day Community Center

Those wanting to receive protein-rich venison through the Share the Harvest program, should visit the local food pantry at the Seventh Day Adventist Community Center in Gallatin, phone 660-663-2478. The deer meat is available now at the Center and is free to anyone who signs for it for as long at it lasts.

In addition, the Community Service Center has bought turkeys with their own funds. The turkeys will be

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Feed the hungry through Share the Harvest

Turkeys coming soon at Seventh-Day Community Center

Those wanting to receive protein-rich venison through the Share the Harvest program, should visit the local food pantry at the Seventh Day Adventist Community Center in Gallatin, phone 660-663-2478. The deer meat is available now at the Center and is free to anyone who signs for it for as long at it lasts.

In addition, the Community Service Center has bought turkeys with

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Firearms deer season opening weekend harvest 97,000+

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Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 97,171 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 14 and 15.

The MDC website indicates the preliminary deer November firearms totals for Daviess County hunters were: 779 total deer: antlered 442; buttoned 68; and does 269. Official numbers will be released

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Winter meetings and Master Gardener Classes for 2016

By Tim Baker, horticulture specialist

University of Missouri Extension offers a variety of programs each winter for livestock producers, row crop farmers, and horticultural crop growers. These meetings are designed to help farmers become better producers, and deal with problems that undoubtedly will arise each year.

Beef producers will be interested in the annual Three-State Beef Conference, which will be held in Albany. It will be taking place on Wednesday,

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FFA Greenhand initiation hosts 300

GHS Greenhands 2015

GHS Greenhands 2015

Gallatin R-5 hosted the annual Area 2 FFA Association Greenhand Initiation on Oct. 14 with over 300 Greenhands attending in official dress. Adam Kirby, Missouri State FFA President, gave the keynote address, Dr. Bryan Copple, Superintendent of the Gallatin School District welcomed all FFA members and their parents to GHS.  Every Greenhand crossed the stage to receive their bronze Greenhand pin. Pictured, left to right, front row,

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FSA County Committee elections begin; producers receive ballots week of Nov. 9

Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2015 FSA County Committee elections on Nov. 9, 2015. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 7, 2015, to ensure that their vote is counted.

“County committee members represent the farmers and ranchers in their communities,” said

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Daviess County hunters checked 56 turkeys during fall firearms

mdc turkey huntThe Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced that during Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season (Oct. 1-31), hunters checked 6,158 turkeys, compared to last year’s 5,680.  Daviess County checked 56 for the 2015 season.

Top harvest counties for the 2015 fall firearms turkey season were Dent with 210, Greene with 159, and Franklin with 148.

Fall archery turkey hunting continues until Nov. 13 and then resumes again from Nov. 25 through

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