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Jacob Swafford new wildlife biologist

Jacob Swafford has begun work as the new Soil and Water Conservation Wildlife Biologist for Daviess Counties and Harrison, Gentry and Worth.

“A big part of my job is building relationships with local landowners,” Mr. Swafford said. “I work one-on-one with landowners, providing wildlife technical assistance and help enrolling in local, state, and federal conservation programs.”

Mr. Swafford grew up in Columbia. He graduated from the University of Missouri with

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Ag financial workshop scheduled for Gallatin

University of Missouri Extension will be holding a workshop on agricultural finances titled “Staying in the Farming Business: Cut Costs, Not Income.” The workshop will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Gallatin, at the Lions Club Building on West Grand. Supper is included and pre-registration is required.

Topics addressed will include breakeven costs, crop and livestock budgets including averages, ag chemical, fertilizer and seed costs, energy

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USDA’s Farm Service Agency expands Bridges to Opportunity nationwide

The Farm Service Agency today announced the expansion of a unique service for farmers and ranchers. FSA’s Bridges to Opportunity program provides a one-stop-shop that connects producers with resources, programs and educational services offered across the department, as well as from other USDA partner organizations. Bridges to Opportunity, which currently provides enhanced customer support to more than 150,000 customers in 20 states, will expand to serve customers across the country

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Winston FFA Greenhands attend NCMC conference

Winston FFA Greenhand students are pictured left to right, front row, State FFA Officers Hunter Lovewell, Ashley Spear, Heidi Murry, Alex Stichnote, Katie Imhoff, and Colton Spencer; back row, Winston FFA Greenhands Kyler Trimble, Gunnar Goll, Holly Caldwell, Thomas Kile, Sam Uthe, and Gabe Riddle.

Six first-year Winston FFA members had the opportunity to learn about being positive role models, getting involved, making sound choices, becoming active team members and

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Ag update for pesticide applicators set for March 1

By Tim Baker, regional horticulturist, MU Extension

Daviess County Ag Update meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 1, at Pattonsburg, with location to be determined.

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

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Daviess hunters harvest 67 deer during Missouri alternative-methods portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Daviess County harvested 67 total deer during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms season, which ran Dec. 24 to Jan. 3. Of the total harvest 18 were antlered buck, eight were button buck, and 41 were doe.

The state of Missouri harvested 10,602 deer during the alternative-methods. Of the total harvest, 2,787 were antlered bucks,

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New online Master Gardener training class begins

Register now for Jan. 30 start.

A new session of online Master Gardener training begins Jan. 30.

Popularity of the online classes has grown steadily since University of Missouri Extension began offering them in 2013, said David Trinklein, state horticulture specialist for MU Extension.

The online class is an alternative for people who would otherwise have to travel many miles to attend Master Gardener training.

Trinklein and MU Extension regional

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MDC to host Missouri Master Naturalist training

 Missouri Master Naturalists volunteer for conservation education and service projects. Last summer, they helped pass out native plants at Prairie Days at Dunn Ranch in Harrison County.

Loess Hills Chapter holding training sessions in St. Joseph

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Loess Hills Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists is taking applications for training classes and membership. Missouri Master Naturalists mix science with service by assisting with conservation and nature education

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MDC seeks public input for King Lake conservation plan

The King Lake Conservation Area offers fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities. The upland acres are managed for a wide variety of game, including bobwhite quail.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments. Draft plans for the King Lake

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