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FARMometer survey indicates farmers optimistic about future

Missouri farmers and ranchers are, for the most part, optimistic heading into 2017 and would overwhelmingly recommend their children follow in their footsteps, according to a survey by Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Commodity/livestock prices are the top concern of respondents, closely followed by agricultural input costs and government regulations.

For the first time, Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Department of Agriculture surveyed attendees at

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MDC and partners host Smithville Lake Eagle Days Jan. 7-8

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and partners will host the 22nd annual Smithville Lake Eagle Days Jan. 7-8 at the Paradise Pointe Golf Course Clubhouse, 18212 Golf Course Drive, in Little Platte Park at the lake at Smithville. The free event will include live raptors displayed by Operation Wildlife and nature exhibits indoors at the clubhouse. Outdoors, MDC staff and volunteers will help visitors with spotting scopes set up

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Staying in the Farming Business

By Tim Baker, Regional Horticulturist

Last March, our Northwest Region Extension Ag specialists held two meetings to discuss the kind of topics that farmers, lenders, and others in the ag community would like to see extension address for future programs. The meetings were held in Chillicothe and St. Joseph.

While many ideas were expressed, the overall concern that kept coming up was the financial situation for farmers.

With those concerns

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Report slights real water quality progress

by Leslie Holloway

It may not be fake news exactly, but another recent report by environmental activists attempts to discredit Mississippi River basin states’ progress toward meeting water quality goals.

One water quality threat that makes national news is excess nutrients, specifically nitrogen and phosphorus. Last year Missouri became one of 12 Mississippi River basin states to adopt a nutrient loss reduction strategy in accordance with criteria set by the

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Christmas Bird Count shows bald eagles plentiful, house sparrows decline

A hawk of the woodlands, often heard before it is seen. The clear whistled calls of this hawk are conspicuous, especially in spring; in the east, Blue Jays often give a near-perfect imitation of this call. Over much of eastern North America the Red-shoulder has become uncommon, sticking closely to the remaining forests. Populations in Florida and California are often more visible, perhaps adapting better to open habitats. Photo Carol

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Access II delivers 57 holiday baskets

Access II, Independent Living Center would like to thank Dungy’s Market, WDCH Trucking and the Gallatin High School FFA for donating food items for its Holiday Food Baskets. With these donations Access II was able to provide 57 baskets to consumers in our community. For information about all of the services that are offered, please call Access II Independent Living Center at 888-663-2423.

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MDC reports 71 deer harvested in Daviess during antlerless portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Daviess County harvested 71 deer during the anterless portion of the fall firearms deer season, Dec. 2-4. Of those 1 was an antlered buck; 12 were button buck; and 58 were does.

Missouri harvested 6,491 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 216 deer harvested, Pike

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Financial incentives for CRP forest and wildlife

In an effort to improve wildlife habitat and the health of private forest lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced additional incentives available for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants to actively manage forest lands enrolled in the program.

“Many CRP forests were initially established to conserve soil and protect water quality, but there is also a critical need to restore wildlife habitat” said Brad

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Don’t be in the dark for next total eclipse

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For the first time since Aug. 7, 1869 (That’s 148 years!) a total solar eclipse will come to Missouri, and, weather permitting, the next one will be even better than the last one. The 1869 eclipse only clipped the northeast corner of our state. The 2017 eclipse will begin its sweep from the northwest corner to Cape Girardeau. Depending upon where you are in the state, the eclipse will begin

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