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Is your green thumb itching? Master Gardener Classes start late March

By Tim Baker, Horticulture Specialist

The winter has not been a bad one, in my opinion, but most of us still long for warmer weather. The 60 degree weather experienced February 18-20, certainly whets the appetite for those nice, warm, sunny spring days ahead.  And for many of us, that means gardening activities are already on our horizons.

It also means, for those of us in Extension, that it is

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Beekeeping workshop in Cameron

The Midwestern Beekeepers Association will be holding an all-day beekeeping workshop in Cameron in cooperation with University of Missouri Extension, on Saturday, March 5. The meeting will be held at the First Christian Church, 318 N. Pine St., Cameron, starting at 8:30 a.m. with registration.

The Midwestern Beekeepers Association is a bee club located in Kansas City, and part of the Missouri State Beekeepers Association. Members have been conducting these

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 Thank a Farmer Week Celebrates Agriculture

It’s time to celebrate agriculture and all the things it provides! Missouri Farm Bureau Thank a Farmer Week, February 7-13, will be the focus of Farm Bureau members across the state to share messages about agriculture and the farmers and ranchers who produce our food.

You buy most of your food from the grocery stores with shelves filled with so many choices for your daily meals. The crops and meat

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SWCD announces cost-share sign up

Daviess County Soil and Water Conservation District state cost-share sign up for all approved practices starts Monday, Feb. 1 through Feb. 29 at the USDA Service Center in Gallatin.  Funds will become available after July 1, 2016, and continue through June 30, 2017.

Cover crop is a new practice that was approved July 2015, by the State Soil & Water Districts Commission. The district has an $8,000 per operator limit

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Ag updates and pesticide applicator license renewal

By Tim Baker, Extension Professional and Horticulture Specialist

Every year Extension agricultural specialists in the Northwest Region conduct meetings that we call “Ag Updates.” These are held in almost all of the counties in our region.

The idea behind these meetings is to provide another place for pesticide applicators to obtain or renew their Private Applicator’s License. In addition, the agronomist will update the farmers on new research, insects, diseases,

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Trumpeter swans warm to open waters

Trumpeter swans are back in Daviess County.

The three shown (one is in shadow) were viewed swimming in a pond about 12 miles southeast of Gallatin, off of Hwy. M.

According to the conservation department, the birds migrate from northern states as open water freezes. The swans are the largest of North American waterfowl. Swans were nearly extinct in Missouri by the 1930s due to loss of wetland habitat and

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County ag updates and private applicator training scheduled

Private applicator pesticide training will begin at 8 a.m. during the county ag updates as scheduled below. For the applicator training, a training manual is required for licensing and a fee is charged for such. If you have an old manual, please bring it so you will not be charged for a new manual. This training will end at 9:30 a.m. The ag updates will follow and will be 30

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New options for land mapping

Both the Daviess County Assessor’s office and the University of Missouri Extension are offering new ways to obtain land information.

Midland GIS recently completed a GIS mapping program for the Daviess County Assessor’s office.  Using the GIS mapping program, property can be searched either by Assessor Parcel Number or current owner’s name. The search results include a drawing of the property’s boundaries, estimated acreage and owner’s name. Black and white

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Hornet’s nest – a labor intensive work of art

Alvin Franks and his brother Leon discovered this hornet’s nest in a hickory tree on Alvin’s farm, located about five miles southwest of Gallatin. Leon spotted the nest in the bare-limbs while he was deer hunting.

“He noticed it because it was so big and because the leaves had fallen,” said Alvin.

Leon shot it out of the tree and Alvin caught it. The nest is shaped like a football

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