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Farmland Productivity Valuation Going Up

New agricultural productivity values took effect on Jan. 1, 2015, according to Daviess County Assessor Betty Harmison. The assessor recently received information about the increase from the State Tax Commission.

The most recent study conducted for the State Tax Commission indicated an increase in productivity values per acre for agricultural and horticultural land. In December of 2013, the State Tax Commission of Missouri proposed the study’s range of productive values

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Peas and Beans, Part One

by Tim Baker, Regional Horticulturist

The legume family of plants is an interesting one. It includes everything from common beans and peas to soybeans to peanuts to kudzu. It even includes larger species such as mimosa, redbud, carob, and locust trees. Some legumes are toxic to humans, but many food crops come from this family.

The peas and beans are widely varied in size, shape, taste, and color. For my

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Two from Winston FFA Receive State Degree

The Winston FFA Chapter recently had seven members attend the 87th Missouri FFA State FFA Convention. Dylan Fields, Zane Snow, Georgia Caldwell, Carly Gordon, Thea Nelson, Aaron Piburn, and Drew Neth, along with advisor Katie Martin, traveled to Columbia for the annual convention held on April 16 and 17.

The Agricultural Mechanics Team consisting of Dylan Fields, Zane Snow, and Aaron Piburn placed 42nd. The Floriculture Team consisting of Georgia

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Twelve Future Ag Teachers Selected as National Ambassadors

Twelve future agriculture teachers, including Gallatin High School graduate Breanne Brammer, University of Missouri, have been selected to promote agricultural education at the local, state and national levels, over the next year, through the National Teach Ag Ambassador program. The students were selected, this spring, from a nationwide pool of agricultural education college majors.

The 2015 Teach Ag Ambassadors will have the responsibility of promoting agricultural education as a major

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Time to Get Rolling for Farm Bureau Tractor Cruise

The 2015 Keep Missouri Farming Tractor Cruise sponsored by the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture will take place July 18, rain or shine.

Drivers will take a scenic 37-mile journey through Caldwell and Daviess Counties, starting and ending at the Caldwell County Steam Engine Fairgrounds, 834 Northwest Osage Drive in Hamilton. Check in is at 8 a.m. Driver’s meeting is at 9:30 a.m. Start time is at 10 a.m.

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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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