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Capital Report: Overriding Support for MO Agriculture

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Missouri farmers feed and fuel the world and they also employ hundreds of thousands of Missouri citizens in the process. As a result, the agriculture industry remains the largest economic engine in Missouri. Therefore, it only makes sense that the future economic health of our state greatly depends on a strong and vibrant agriculture industry.

During the 2014 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly passed

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Amish Considering Poultry Farms at Jamesport

Two Amish businessmen are making plans to introduce “organic” egg farms into rural Jamesport and have agreed to hold an informational meeting to discuss any concerns the public may have about their proposal, according to Gail Ledesma of the Community Betterment Team in Jamesport.

Ms. Ledesma said she would try to arrange a meeting in the next few weeks.

Organic chickens are free-range, non-caged, and will scratch for their food.

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Winston FFA Chapter’s Summer Activities

by Winston FFA Reporter, Gillian Heldenbrand

Several members of the Winston FFA Chapter worked at the school over the summer on improvement projects, which included painting the library bookshelves and study carrels.

On June 30, two members, Aaron Piburn and Georgia Caldwell, attended the Area 2 Sports Day where they had the opportunity to play softball with other chapters in the Area 2 association.

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This Flower is a Pleasant Surprise

by Tim Baker, Extension Professional and Horticulture Specialist

In late July and August, you can sometimes see beautiful, showy flowers which are over a foot off the ground supported by a single stalk. These seem to pop up almost overnight, and have no foliage associated with them. These unusual plants have been given the appropriate name “surprise lily.” If you have seen these attractive flowers and would like to have

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MU Extension Workshops for Farmers

Enjoy a free lunch at the Mildred Litton 4-H/FFA Community Building in Chillicothe (10780 LIV 235) and listen to Scott Brown, University of Missouri livestock economist, and Bob Kelly, University of Missouri ag business specialist, present updates for local farmers about ag-related banking. Scott will present “The Livestock Update” and Bob will present “The Crop Update” Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m. RSVP (to Donna Acklin in Cameron at 816.632.2154

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Managed Fields Ready for Dove Opener

North America’s most prolific game bird also is one of the most challenging to hunt. The Missouri Department of Conservation works to maximize this opportunity by providing food that feeds doves and gives hunters hundreds of places to hunt them.

Each year, the Conservation Department plants more than 700 fields with sunflowers, wheat, and other crops favored by doves. These fields are planted on 93 conservation areas (CAs) scattered across

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The Sauce and Crust of Public Demonstrations

Alex Endicott and Libby Endicott, daughters of Corey and Alicia Endicott of Gallatin, presented demonstrations during the Missouri State Fair held at Sedalia on Aug. 11. They also learned about organization, decision making, problem solving and public speaking. Libby won the Junior Division of the 4-H and FFA Sheep Fitting Contest. Libby received a belt buckle and hand trimmers sponsored by the Missouri Sheep Producers.

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Capital Report: Supporting Missouri’s Future Farmers

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Over that last two decades, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of Missourians who rely on the agricultural industry as a way to make a living. As a result, there are fewer individuals to support our rural communities and drive economic activity. Therefore, it is more important than ever that we support and encourage those individuals who desire to grow up and

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Agricultural Producers Have Time to Apply

for direct farm ownership loan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Missouri Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Mark Cadle, recently announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30.

Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct

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