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Area 4-H and FFA chapters awarded grants by Missouri Department of Agriculture

Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn has announced that 11 Missouri FFA chapters and eight 4-H clubs were awarded grants from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Building Our American Communities grant program. The youth groups were awarded the funds for community service projects this year. The FFA chapters awarded grants include Milan and Bevier with 4-H […]

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Missouri Department of Agriculture opens entries for annual “Focus on Missouri Agriculture” photo contest

The Missouri Department of Agriculture today launched the 10th annual Focus on Missouri Agriculture photo contest, asking Missourians to share the unique stories and images of agriculture through photographs. The contest, which runs through June 14, is an opportunity for amateur photographers across the state to submit their best images of Missouri agriculture. That image […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve ordinance

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen held a public hearing Monday evening and later approved an ordinance during a regular meeting adopting and enacting new codification of the city’s ordinance book.  The ordinance conformed with State Statute and updated various zoning regulations. City Clerk Hattie Rains says no major changes were made to Gallatin City Code. […]

Drought

2018 drought report now available online

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources submitted the 2018 Drought Response Report to Governor Parson today. The report provides detailed information about 2018 drought conditions and the state’s response to the drought. “Shortly after taking office, we witnessed one of the worst droughts we have experienced in many years,” said Governor Mike Parson. “As a […]

Farm in Winter

Free farm labor guide helps farmers hire and keep the right workers

Like farm machinery and methods, hiring farmworkers has changed in recent years, says University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist Ryan Milhollin. MU Extension’s Missouri Farm Labor Guide can help. The guide, available for free download at extension.missouri.edu/p/M199, lets farmers know the right practices to identify, hire and retain the right workers. It explains ways to […]

USDA prioritizes investments in telemedicine to address opioid crisis in rural America

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture is giving funding priority in a key grant program for applications to address opioid misuse in rural communities. “The opioid epidemic is dramatically impacting prosperity in many small towns and rural places across the country,” Hazlett said. […]

industrial hemp

Proposed rules for Industrial Hemp Pilot Program available for comment through February 1st

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is reminding those interested in Missouri’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program there are five days remaining to review and comment on the proposed rules put forth by the Department. Passed by the General Assembly in 2018, HB 2034 exempted industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana and the list of controlled substances […]