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MDC will offer free Prairie Day event Sept. 17

Visit Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie near El Dorado Springs for tours and exhibits

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a free Prairie Day event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie near El Dorado Springs. Tallgrass prairie is a diverse ecosystem of native grasses, wildflowers, upland streams, insects and wildlife. Prairie Day will offer wagon tours of the prairie, wildflower walks and conservation exhibits.


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How much rent should I get for my farm?

University of Missouri Extension agriculture business specialists discuss issues such as when a tenant should pay part of the rent, how and when to terminate a lease and how much rent is fair at the Farm Lease Program on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The program runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the following sites:

Keytesville High School Multipurpose Room, 27247 Highway 5, Keytesville;

Clark County Extension Center, courthouse

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Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show receives sponsorship from Terry Implement

The 2016 Fall Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, presented by the Community Cupboard Food Pantry in Cameron, will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, with the theme “Remembering 9-11.” The show will be held in downtown Cameron at McCorkle Park – $15/vehicle to enter.

Terry Implement of Gallatin will provide a tractor division sponsorship for the show.

“Brice Terry took time out of his busy morning to visit with us and

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Experiment station field days set for Aug. 23

Graves-Chapple Research Center field day will be held the morning of Aug. 23, while Hundley-Whaley Research Center will start with an evening meeting at 5 p.m. This is a change of field day schedules with one field day being held one after the other, in the same day.

More specifically, Graves-Chapple Field Day will begin with breakfast being served at 7:15 a.m. with tours beginning at 8 a.m. Topics include

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Elderberries Are In Season – What to do with them

elderberryBy Janet Hackert, Regional Nutrition and Health Education Specialist

There are many types of wild fruits growing in the Midwest, but sometimes knowing what to do with them is the question. Elderberries, for example, are in season in Missouri from late July into September, but how can they be used?

Elderberries can be eaten in a variety of ways. The purple-black berries can also be used to make a dye.

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Breanne Brammer Selected for a Scholarship from National Association of Agricultural Educators

Breanne Brammer, an agricultural education major at the University of Missouri, has been selected for the Upper Division Agricultural Education Scholarship from the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Brammer’s hometown is Gallatin, Mo.

The $1,500 scholarship is awarded to upper level agricultural education majors to help offset expenses during their student teaching experience. Twenty-five students from across the United States were selected based on their academic performance as well as

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Keep a lookout for tomato insects

By Tim Baker, Horticulture Specialist

In my last column, I discussed the types of diseases which typically plague tomatoes in Missouri, and gave a few examples of each type. This week, I would like to cover a few of the major insect pests that you will need to keep a lookout for when growing those prize winning tomatoes.

One of the more dramatic insects that attacks tomatoes, at least in

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Vibrant ag industry requires public policy

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Agriculture has long been, and remains to this day, the Show-Me State’s No. 1 industry. Here in northwest Missouri, it is still the foundation of our local communities and way of life. As such, it is essential our state lawmakers and agencies implement policies that allow Missouri’s agricultural producers and associated industries to remain vibrant and productive and stand as a check against bureaucratic overreach.

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Young skunks strike out on their own in August

Discover nature and learn more about Missouri’s smelliest mammal.

August marks a time of change not only for humans, but wildlife as well. Children head back to the classrooms for a new school year and in the wild, it’s time for young skunks to strike out on their own. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to discover nature by learning more about Missouri’s smelliest mammal.

Pioneers called this

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