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Chillicothe students attend Career Awareness Day

Students from Chillicothe were among the more than 250 high school students and teachers from around the state who attended a career awareness day on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center in Chillicothe. The conference, “Communicating News About Science and Agriculture,” focused on storytelling in science, agriculture, journalism, and communication-related areas. The […]

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GRM Networks in Princeton receives USDA grant of $41.6 million dollars through ReConnect Program

GRM Networks of Princeton recently received a $41.6 million grant/loan from the United States Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect Program helping GRM Networks fulfill its commitment to bring fiber-optic connectivity to northern Missouri and southern Iowa. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce awarded the grant/loan to GRM at a reception held at the David Callaway […]

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NCMC agriculture students participate in state conference

Five agriculture students from North Central Missouri College participated in the Missouri Postsecondary Agriculture Student Organization State Conference November 10-12 in Linn, Missouri. Approximately 100 students, advisors, and guests from seven Missouri community colleges and universities participated in the conference. The NCMC group had the opportunity to travel to the old Missouri State Penitentiary in […]

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Educational program on industrial hemp to be held at Forage Systems Research Center near Linneus

Industrial hemp was once widely grown in Missouri as a fiber crop. The Controlled Substance Act of 1970 made it illegal to produce or possess any form of the cannabis plant. Recent changes in federal and state legislation have increased interest in growing hemp for fiber, grain, and CBD oil. An educational program will be […]

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USDA Risk Management Agency to defer accrual of interest for 2019 crop insurance premiums

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency announced Thursday that it will continue to defer accrual of interest for 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help farmers and ranchers affected by this year’s “extreme weather.” The USDA will defer the accrual of interest on crop insurance premiums to the earlier of the applicable […]

Bill Siebenborn Receives Award

Grundy County resident, William “Bill” Siebenborn, honored with national award

The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board honored William “Bill” Siebenborn as the 2019 recipient of the Richard E. Lyng Award for his contributions and distinguished service to dairy promotion. Siebenborn, a dairy farmer from Trenton, Missouri, was recognized at the Joint NDB/ National Milk Producers Federation/United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) Annual Meeting in NewOrleans. […]

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Rex Ricketts receives 2019 Ag Educators Lifetime Achievement Award

The organizers of the Missouri Livestock Symposium announced that longtime dairy educator and agriculture industry leader Rex Ricketts, of Hallsville, will receive the 2019 Agriculture Educators Lifetime Achievement Award. Ricketts, University of Missouri professor emeritus of animal sciences, will receive the award at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the 20th annual symposium at William […]

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Farmer’s Electric Coop receives loan to upgrade infrastructure

Farmer’s Electric Cooperative, based in Chillicothe, has been selected as one rural co-op in 21 states to receive USDA financing to build and improve rural electric infrastructure. According to a recent announcement from the agriculture department, Farmer’s Electric is to receive a $14,000,000 loan allowing it to connect 726 customers while building and improving 114 […]

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Two northern Missouri students are national winners of agriculture proficiency awards at FFA Convention

Northern Missouri has two first-place national winners of agriculture proficiency awards at the annual FFA Convention. They are Kylynn Mallen of Cameron and Amelia Liebhart of the Bucklin Chapter. Two other national finalists represented northern Missouri. Teresa Yoder of Trenton and Addison Burns of Gallatin were in the top four of their respective ag proficiency […]

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Missouri Department of Agriculture releases proposed rules for industrial hemp program

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is working to establish regulations and procedures in advance of the 2020 industrial hemp growing season. As part of the rulemaking process, the Department is asking for public comment on the proposed industrial hemp rules, and citizens may submit their comments beginning today. The proposed rules are currently available for […]