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State Collegiate Discussion Winners Announced

Austin Witt, Miranda Biddle, and Breanne Brammer

Truman State University student Miranda Biddle of Kirksville won the 2014 Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Collegiate Discussion Meet held in Jefferson City in November; Breanne Brammer of Columbia, formerly of Gallatin, received second place; and Austin Witt of Springfield received third.

Biddle competed against students from the University of Missouri, Missouri State University, University of Central Missouri, and Northwest

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Producers Invited to Attend Farm Bill Meeting

University of Missouri Extension and the Daviess County Farm Service Agency are hosting a Farm Bill Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spillman Center located in Jamesport. The meeting is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Meeting attendees will learn about Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Bill programs including Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).

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Barnwarming Royalty Selected, Mr. Bird Celebrated

The 2014 Gallatin High School FCCLA/FFA Barnwarming Royalty are pictured, left to right, first row, freshman Colin Beck and Megan Cox; second row, sophomores Wyatt Bird and Sami Boyd; third row, juniors Cooper Grady and Aubrey Burns; back row, seniors King Daniel Pettit and Queen Kourtney Bird. [Submitted Photo]

J.R. Bird calls barnwarming for 63 years

The Gallatin FCCLA and FFA chapters would like to express our sincere gratitude to

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Growing, Growing… Gone

Kenny Critten said this irrigation system used in the Grand River bottoms south of Landmark Manufacturing is made up of two center pivots. One system will irrigate 350 acres, the other will irrigate 70 acres. He used it to irrigate the full 420 acres this year.

Center pivot irrigation is a form of overhead sprinkler irrigation consisting of several segments of pipe joined together and supported by trusses, mounted on

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Hunters Thwarted for Not Paying Child Support

The Missouri Department of Conservation recently revoked or suspended the hunting and fishing privileges of 415 people for not paying child support as obligated to do. MDC rep Tim Ripperger said the department is following a state statute which calls for suspending the licenses of those who aren’t following the child support laws. Ripperger said if a hunting or fishing license is suspended or revoked, people do have a chance

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Winston FFA Has Fun, Educational Trip

Six members from the Winston FFA chapter recently attended the National FFA Convention and Expo from Oct. 28 to 31 in Louisville, Ky. Pictured are: Morgan Farrell, Georgia Caldwell, Gillian Heldenbrand, Lane Fortner, Thea Nelson, and Aaron Piburn. These students along with advisor Katie Martin traveled by charter bus with four other northwest Missouri FFA Chapters. These students participated in activities and visited various locations including the Louisville Slugger Museum

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Gallatin FFA Members Attend National Convention

Fourteen members of the Gallatin FFA Chapter attended the 87th National FFA Convention Oct. 28-31 in Louisville, Ken.

Gallatin FFA members at national convention are pictured left to right, front row, Aubrey Burns, Tannah Terry, McKenzie Taylor; second row: Declan Schweizer, Garrett Pettit, Kase Critten, Mattison Ishmael, Kaitlyn Bird; third row, Kourtney Bird, Tanner Johnson, Cooper Grady, Jarod Rains, Andrew Michael, Daniel Pettit. [Submitted Photo]

Chapter members attended the opening

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Order Native Trees, Shrubs, Woody Vines from MDC

Native trees, shrubs, and woody vines can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while also improving the appearance and value of private property.

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) George O. White State Nursery near Licking offers Missouri residents a variety of native seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, as well as for wildlife food and cover.

The State Nursery provides mainly one-year-old bare-root seedlings with sizes

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Protecting trees and Shrubs from Winter Injury, Part One

by Tim Baker, Regional Horticulturist

Trees and shrubs, especially young trees, may need some extra protection to prevent injury this winter. Potential damage may be from animals or environmental factors.

Animals can kill or severely injure trees. Large animals such as deer can take care of a small tree in short order. But small animals such as mice, voles, or rabbits can do so as well. They are especially good

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