Missouri farmers and ranchers are, for the most part, optimistic heading into 2017 and would overwhelmingly recommend their children follow in their footsteps, according to a survey by Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Commodity/livestock prices are the top concern of respondents, closely followed by agricultural input costs and government regulations.
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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and partners will host the 22nd annual Smithville Lake Eagle Days Jan. 7-8 at the Paradise Pointe Golf Course Clubhouse, 18212 Golf Course Drive, in Little Platte Park at the lake at Smithville. The free event will include live raptors displayed by Operation Wildlife and nature exhibits indoors at
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By Tim Baker, Regional Horticulturist
Last March, our Northwest Region Extension Ag specialists held two meetings to discuss the kind of topics that farmers, lenders, and others in the ag community would like to see extension address for future programs. The meetings were held in Chillicothe and St. Joseph.
While many ideas were expressed, the
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by Leslie Holloway
It may not be fake news exactly, but another recent report by environmental activists attempts to discredit Mississippi River basin states’ progress toward meeting water quality goals.
One water quality threat that makes national news is excess nutrients, specifically nitrogen and phosphorus. Last year Missouri became one of 12 Mississippi River basin
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A hawk of the woodlands, often heard before it is seen. The clear whistled calls of this hawk are conspicuous, especially in spring; in the east, Blue Jays often give a near-perfect imitation of this call. Over much of eastern North America the Red-shoulder has become uncommon, sticking closely to the remaining forests. Populations
Continue reading Christmas Bird Count shows bald eagles plentiful, house sparrows decline
Access II, Independent Living Center would like to thank Dungy’s Market, WDCH Trucking and the Gallatin High School FFA for donating food items for its Holiday Food Baskets. With these donations Access II was able to provide 57 baskets to consumers in our community. For information about all of the services that are offered,
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Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Daviess County harvested 71 deer during the anterless portion of the fall firearms deer season, Dec. 2-4. Of those 1 was an antlered buck; 12 were button buck; and 58 were does.
Missouri harvested 6,491 deer during the antlerless portion of
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In an effort to improve wildlife habitat and the health of private forest lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced additional incentives available for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants to actively manage forest lands enrolled in the program.
“Many CRP forests were initially established to conserve soil and protect
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For the first time since Aug. 7, 1869 (That’s 148 years!) a total solar eclipse will come to Missouri, and, weather permitting, the next one will be even better than the last one. The 1869 eclipse only clipped the northeast corner of our state. The 2017 eclipse will begin its sweep from the northwest
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As mentioned in my last column, we will be having an all-day workshop on mushrooms at the Great Plains Growers Conference in St. Joseph. The date will be Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The conference will continue January 13-14 with other topics.
This will be the second year for our mushroom workshop. Attendees last year indicated
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Only 1 percent of nation’s dairy farms are run by women.
The sun is setting on the well-worn path to the dairy barn where Michelle Eilenstine milks cows.
She travels the familiar path twice a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. There are 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. milkings.
Eilenstine is one
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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding the northern bobwhite to Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the agency’s targeted, science-based effort to help producers restore and protect habitat for declining species on farms, ranches and working forests.
“Agriculture and wildlife both thrive together through landscape conservation,” said J.R. Flores, NRCS state conservationist in
Continue reading NRCS Expanding Efforts to aid Bobwhite Quail
By Tim Baker, Horticulture Specialist
In a little over one month, it will be time for the Great Plains Growers Conference. This is one of the premier conferences for horticulture producers, and it is found right here in northwest Missouri. Held in St. Joseph, the Great Plains Grower’s Conference is put together every year by
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Fifteen agriculture students from North Central Missouri College, including Morgan Dotson of Kidder, participated in the Missouri Post-Secondary Agriculture Students Organization State Conference Nov. 9-11 in West Plains. Dotson was a national qualifier in non ruminant animal systems.
The conference was hosted by Missouri State University West Plains with 140 students and advisors from eight
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Missouri farmers and ranchers can apply through Feb. 3 at local USDA Service Centers.
CSP is for producers who are already established conservation stewards, helping them to deliver multiple conservation benefits on working lands,
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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced that Daviess County hunters checked 37 turkeys during Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season, Oct. 1-31. That number is down from previous years.
MDC’s turkey biologist says this year’s low fall firearms turkey harvest total can be attributed to several factors, including a poor turkey hatch, above-average acorn production,
Continue reading Hunters check 3,698 turkeys during Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season
Now through Nov. 30, Daviess County eligible farmers can enroll in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program to win a $2,500 donation to direct to a local eligible nonprofit organization.
The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, provides farmers the opportunity to make a difference in local the community and give
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Some corn fields surrounding the GFG Ag Services in Gilman City remains to be harvested; however, over 90% of the crops in the area are out. [Staff Photo/TLH]
After a mild, moist spring, corn and soybean farmers are seeing record yields. Missouri’s corn crop may reach 599 million bushels. Soybeans may reach 258 million
Continue reading Area farmers nearly done with harvest, bumper corn and soybean crops
The 2nd Annual Women in Agriculture Event in DeKalb County held Sept. 8 in Maysville attracted nearly 250 in attendance.
“We started planning this year’s event in the spring, as an opportunity to give women involved in agriculture a chance to network, learn, be inspired and have fun,” said Mandi Bird, executive director of
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By Tim Baker, Regional Horticulturist
As I travel around Northwest Missouri helping homeowners with their horticultural problems, I sometimes find a few grapevines in their yards. This is an interesting plant, with both food and landscaping potential. And its fruit can be used in a number of versatile ways. I often wonder why more people
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $179,614 grant to the University of Missouri to support efforts to help to veterans, Latinos, women and socially disadvantaged persons to farm or go into agribusiness.
The grant will fund eight workshops over the course of a year, said MU Extension health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch.
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Six Winston FFA Greenhands (first year members) traveled to Gallatin for the Area 2 FFA Association’s Greenhand Initiation on Oct. 12, where they were introduced as new members, enjoyed remarks from State FFA Officer Logan Korff, and mingled with other first year members from the Area 2 Association. Pictured are, left to right, front row,
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If you are a farm producer using USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs, you should pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates announced for 2017.
Kirby Payne, executive director for the Daviess County USDA agency office, emphasizes that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses — including failed
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Various paperwork was approved during a special meeting of the Gallatin Board of Aldermen Oct 17 at city hall, paving the way for major improvements for Gallatin’s water and sewer systems.
Gallatin aldermen unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $3.9 million in bonds for new waterworks and sewer improvements. The ordinance (No. 1176-16)
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beginning today, many of the 1.7 million farms that enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year.
“This fall, USDA will be making more than $7 billion in
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