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GHS FFA Makes Donation to Cameron Crossroads

Gallatin High School agriculture students, along with their FFA Advisor Ron Alden, donated tomato and jalapeno plants to Crossroads Correctional Center’s Restorative Justice Organization garden in Cameron. The plants were cultivated in the school’s greenhouse then transferred to the garden at the institution.

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USDA Reminder

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA Service Center by June 1, 2015. The 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to have the form on file in order to remain eligible, or to become eligible for crop insurance premium support. For more information visit www.usda.gov.

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Seeds of Learning — Winston FFA Takes Tour

Five Winston FFA Members from the Agriculture Science II class didn’t have to go far to take a tour of CR Seeds & Services LLC on Friday, May 15. Saxton Pliley, Elizabeth O’Dell, Lane Fortner, Dalton Youtsey, and Gillian Heldenbrand along with Ag Instructor/FFA Advisor Katie Martin toured the seed treatment facility located on Hwy Y just outside of Winston. The students enjoyed watching the seed go through a multi-step

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It’s Time to Reform Crop Insurance

by Traci Bruckner

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we’ve heard from farmers across the Midwest and Great Plains about negative impacts of federally subsidized crop insurance for over a decade. A farm safety net is important to help family farmers mitigate risks, but there are real concerns with the current crop insurance program.

The federal government subsidizes crop insurance, paying 62% of premiums, on average, in 2012. Insurance policies

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Producers Must Report Prevented Planting, Failed Acres

Kirby Payne, executive director of Daviess County USDA Farm Service Agency, reminds producers to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility.

Producers must report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, they were prevented from planting. Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting

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Winston Holds FFA Banquet Awards

Winston R-6 recently held its FFA Banquet Awards.

Creed Speaking Award: Drew Neth.

Greenhand FFA Degree: Logan Caldwell, Drew Neth, Christian Turner, Carly Gordon, Dylon Kessinger, Chandler Asher, Jazimin Ervin, Jacob Hullinger, Steven Muessig.

Chapter FFA Degree: Gillian Heldenbrand, Elizabeth O’Dell, Lane Fortner, Saxton Pliley, Dalton Youtsey.

Career Development Events: Dairy Foods: Chandler Asher, Logan Caldwell, Steven Muessig, Drew Neth, Jacob Hullinger, Christian Turner; Floriculture: Georgia Caldwell, Carly Gordon, Thea

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Northwest Missouri Grazing School 2015

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and University of Missouri Extension will present the 2015 Northwest Missouri Grazing School at the Ebenezer UMC Meeting Hall at 7000 SE Hwy. 169, St. Joseph, June 9-11.

The “tuition” will be $90 per person (second person with full registration will be $50). The tuition covers the costs of seminars including meals, speaker fees, refreshments, on-farm tour equipment, fence and water system demonstration, materials and

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Gallatin FFA Chapter Holds 70th Annual Parent-Member Banquet

The Gallatin FFA Chapter held its 70th Annual Parent Member banquet on May 7 in the high school gymnasium with 140 members, parents and guests attending. The banquet recognized the achievements and accomplishments of the over 60 chapter members.

The highlight of the evening was the award of the Supporter of the Year. This award recognizes a community member and leader that shows support and dedication to the continuing growth

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Farmland Productivity Valuation Going Up

New agricultural productivity values took effect on Jan. 1, 2015, according to Daviess County Assessor Betty Harmison. The assessor recently received information about the increase from the State Tax Commission.

The most recent study conducted for the State Tax Commission indicated an increase in productivity values per acre for agricultural and horticultural land. In December of 2013, the State Tax Commission of Missouri proposed the study’s range of productive values

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