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Winston FFA Sends Two Teams to State

Winston FFA Chapter’s Floriculture team placed eighth, and the Ag Mechanics team received fourth during district contest, sending both of these teams to the State FFA Convention to be held April 16 and 17 in Columbia.

The Winston FFA Chapter recently had several members compete in Career Development Events. Before heading to districts, members traveled to Lathrop High School and North Central Missouri College for practice contests. This year the

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Ishmael Selected for the Missouri Agribusiness Academy

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Mattison Ishmael of Gallatin was one of 30 high school sophomores recently selected to participate in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Agribusiness Academy. Ishmael and the other students selected will spend the first week of June in St. Louis learning about many of the unique opportunities available in agriculture.

“Our youth leaders continue to advance the state’s number on industry, agriculture,” said Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce. “These young

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USDA Grants Help Cut Energy Costs

For farmers and rural businesses

Missouri Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning announced the availability of grant and loan funds through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP provides financial assistance to rural small businesses and agricultural producers for the purchase and installation of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements to reduce their energy costs and consumption.

“REAP is a community and economic development program. Any time a

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Time to Get the Corn In?

Some producers were able to start planting corn this past week despite the rain received across the state, according to the USDA Crop Progress and Condition report released April 6. Precipitation averaged 1.14 inches statewide with over two inches of rain being recorded in Southern Missouri. Temperatures averaged 53.8 degrees, four degrees above normal.

There were 2.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 5. Topsoil moisture supply

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Call Before Digging

Attorney General Chris Koster recently announced his office obtained more than $50,000 in penalties from violators of Missouri’s Underground Facility Safety and Damage Prevention Act, also known as the Missouri One Call law.

Under that law, any person beginning an excavation must notify the Missouri One Call System prior to digging, to allow utility companies to check for underground lines in the area. The Missouri One Call System provides a

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Foreign Persons Must Report Land Holdings

The Executive Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Daviess County, Kirby Payne, reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

“Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security interest, including leaseholds of 10 years

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Organic Certification Cost Share Program for Missouri Farmers

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced recently that funding is available to assist Missouri farmers and food processors in obtaining organic certification for their businesses. Through the USDA Organic Certification Cost Share Program, producers may be reimbursed for up to $750 of their certification expenses.

As a result of recent growth, Missouri received $127,800 in program funds. These funds will be used to reimburse producers and handlers for 75

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Prescribed Fire Workshop with MDC

TRENTON, MO — The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold a prescribed fire workshop on April 11 at 9 a.m., in the shelter house at Crowder State Park. Prescribed burns use fire as a tool to help manage unwanted vegetation, increase cattle forage, and boost native plants that benefit wildlife. This workshop is free. Pre-registration is required by April 8. Contact Scott Roy by calling 660-359-5685 x114. Materials, refreshments, and

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Winston FFA Wins Gold, Silver at Area 2

Several Winston FFA Members recently competed in the Area 2 Association Leadership Development Events. Results include: Creed Speaking: Drew Neth (Gold); Chapter Scrapbook: Gillian Heldenbrand (Silver); Completed Ownership Record Book: Aaron Piburn (Gold); Area Officer Interviews: Aaron Piburn; Job Interview: Georgia Caldwell. Jacob Hullinger and Gillian Heldenbrand attended as voting delegates.

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