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North Daviess Receives High Honors at Area 2 Awards

This past Wednesday the North Daviess FFA received high honors at the Area 2 Awards Night held in Chillicothe. Those receiving recognition were Oscar Roedel, 1st Place Forestry Management; Chrystina Lewis, Area Farmer; Jacob Loftin, Silver Medal Creed Speaking; and Brooke Dustman, 4th place, Institute of Cooperatives and 2nd place Missouri Cattle Industry Fall Speaking Contests. At the conclusion of the event Ms. Dustman was sworn in as Area 2

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Students Selected for Careers Academy

Will visit auction at Jamesport

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is giving 30 high school students from throughout Missouri, including Morgan Dotson and Lyndi Heldenbrand of Kidder, the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture through the 2014 Missouri Agribusiness Academy – a competitive membership for sophomores interested in pursuing agriculture-related college degrees and careers.

Morgan Dotson

“Our young people are the future of Missouri agriculture, and it is important that

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WIC Promotes Healthy Eating Habits and Breastfeeding

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides nutrition education and healthy foods to help families make healthy choices. The WIC food package includes fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy and whole grains. The food package helps combat food insecurity and contributes to healthy diets, which help aid in reducing obesity and chronic diseases.

Research has shown breastfeeding provides numerous health benefits to both the mother and baby, helping to reduce healthcare cost.

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Nolan Stitt Named to Board

Altamont named Nolan Stitt as a new member to the sewer board during the April 7 meeting of the Altamont-Winston Sewer Board.

Melvin McFee reported that the KAW Fire Department is coming out to blow out the crossover pipes so the cells can be equalized. Otherwise things are working fine.

The board reviewed the check report showing all deposits and checks written since the previous meeting, the updated CD status

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Winston Participates in District Band Contest

The Winston R-6 Band received a satisfactory (three) rating at the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Northwest District Music Festival held on April 4 at Holt. Songs featured for the Large Group Band Contest were “Path of Destiny” by Sean O’Loughlin, “December Sky” by Erik Morales, and “Welcome” by Henry Fillmore.

In Class 1 competition one school received a one rating, eight schools received a two rating, 11

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GHS FCCLA Members Shine with Silver Awards

State Leadership Conference

Students from Gallatin attended the annual Missouri Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference, March 30-April 1, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia.

The following Gallatin FCCLA members competed in the State STAR Events competition:  Parliamentary Procedure, Sr.: Sam Hamilton, Kailey Elbert, Kaitlyn McNeely, Kailtyn Hefley, Maria Bickford, Macon Allen, Gabby Gibson – Silver; Parliamentary Procedure, Jr.: Hayley Michael, Sami Boyd, Chloe

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Gallatin Club Elects New Officers

The Laureate Delta Rho Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on April 7 at the home of Lois Agenstein. Members voted on the Jean Groom scholarship. The following new officers were elected: president, Sue Gillilan; vice-president, Carol Weaver; recording secretary, Nancy Tate; treasurer, Linda Bridgeman; and corresponding secretary, Nancy Salmon. The next meeting will be the Founder’s Day celebration April 21 at the Washington Street Food and Drink in Cameron.

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USDA Prepares to Accept MAL, LDP Requests

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting requests for marketing assistance loans (MALs) and loan deficiency payments (LDPs) for eligible 2014 commodities. Notice of the authorization is published in the April 4 Federal Register.

MALs and LDPs for the 2014 crop year become available to eligible producers beginning with harvest/shearing season and extending through a specific commodity’s final loan availability date.

Sugar commodity loans

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USDA Announces Sign-Up Date for Disaster Assistance Programs

Enrollment Begins April 15 for Livestock, Honeybee, Farm-Raised Fish Programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

“President Obama and Secretary Vilsack made it a priority to begin enrollment for these programs,” said Garcia. “For farmers and ranchers who

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