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Extension holds annual dinner, elects officers

Daviess County Extension Council members present were, left to right, front row, Bill Estes, Mandy Prescott, Jayla Smith, Alicia Chrisman, Bob Teegarden; back row, Marcia Bird, Cory Endicott, Raymond Heldenbrand, Melinda Uthe, and Franklin Dunningston.

Daviess-Caldwell Extension Council held its annual dinner on Feb. 23 at the United Methodist Church in Hamilton honoring State Fair Farm Families, Century Farm Families, and those on the Leader’s Honor Roll.

State Fair Farm

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Hunter Education skills session scheduled in Gallatin

The Missouri Department of Conservation recently revised the Hunter Education course for student convenience and to emphasize hands-on training. The course is now a two-step process.

The first step is to complete the knowledge-based training through one of three options.

Option 1: Take the online/mobile study portion and complete the review quizzes. The student must show the Missouri Skills Session Qualifier Certificate to enter the Skills Session.

Option 2: Complete,

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He didn’t plan to be a farmer

When Steven Huffman was a teenager attending the Tri-County R-7 High School in Jamesport his plans for after graduation were “college and a career making fat stacks of cash.” He didn’t plan to be a farmer like his father.

“This is America, where all kids are supposed to grow up to have better paying, easier jobs than their parents,” he said. “But after figuring out the corporate suit-and-tie rat race

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Producers urged to consider risk protection coverage before spring crop sales deadline

Daviess County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Kirby Payne, reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the deadline of March 15. This deadline applies to forage and pasture, as well as spring-seeded crops, including most produce.

Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. NAP

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Is your green thumb itching? Master Gardener Classes start late March

By Tim Baker, Horticulture Specialist

The winter has not been a bad one, in my opinion, but most of us still long for warmer weather. The 60 degree weather experienced February 18-20, certainly whets the appetite for those nice, warm, sunny spring days ahead.  And for many of us, that means gardening activities are already on our horizons.

It also means, for those of us in Extension, that it is

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Beekeeping workshop in Cameron

The Midwestern Beekeepers Association will be holding an all-day beekeeping workshop in Cameron in cooperation with University of Missouri Extension, on Saturday, March 5. The meeting will be held at the First Christian Church, 318 N. Pine St., Cameron, starting at 8:30 a.m. with registration.

The Midwestern Beekeepers Association is a bee club located in Kansas City, and part of the Missouri State Beekeepers Association. Members have been conducting these

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 Thank a Farmer Week Celebrates Agriculture

It’s time to celebrate agriculture and all the things it provides! Missouri Farm Bureau Thank a Farmer Week, February 7-13, will be the focus of Farm Bureau members across the state to share messages about agriculture and the farmers and ranchers who produce our food.

You buy most of your food from the grocery stores with shelves filled with so many choices for your daily meals. The crops and meat

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SWCD announces cost-share sign up

Daviess County Soil and Water Conservation District state cost-share sign up for all approved practices starts Monday, Feb. 1 through Feb. 29 at the USDA Service Center in Gallatin.  Funds will become available after July 1, 2016, and continue through June 30, 2017.

Cover crop is a new practice that was approved July 2015, by the State Soil & Water Districts Commission. The district has an $8,000 per operator limit

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Ag updates and pesticide applicator license renewal

By Tim Baker, Extension Professional and Horticulture Specialist

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 pesticide applicators to obtain or renew their Private Applicator’s License. In addition, the agronomist will update the farmers on new research, insects, diseases,

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