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Audio: Missouri House gives initial approval to working animal legislation

Legislation that prohibits cities and counties from banning working animals has received initial approval from the Missouri House, on a voice vote. Sedalia State Representative Brad Pollitt says it’s improper for political subdivisions to regulate an industry out of business.     The bill is backed by Missouri Farm Bureau and by Cape Girardeau’s Lazy […]

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North Central Missouri College hosts Northwest District Agriculture Career Development Events for high school FFA

Northwest District Agriculture Career Development Events for high school FFA students were recently held at North Central Missouri College. The Barton Farm and Ag Department hosted the events on five separate days in March to allow students to compete in person and adhere to Coronavirus protocols. Teams that qualified for state competition include: Ag Mechanics, […]

Animal Abuse

Two from Chillicothe charged with felony animal abuse involving horses

Two Chillicothe residents have been charged in Livingston County with felony animal abuse—second or subsequent offense or by torture and/or mutilation while the animal was alive. An initial court appearance for 43-year-old Larry Coffman and 37-year-old Cailin Dixon is scheduled for December 9th. Probable cause statements from Bradley Aldrich with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office […]

Annual Poosey Tour

Missouri Department of Conservation to host 34th annual Poosey Conservation Area fall tour October 18

With a few modifications, the 34th annual fall driving tour at the Poosey Conservation Area will occur from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has changed the format slightly as a precaution against COVID-19. But the annual driving tour uphill and down on winding gravel roads through […]

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Livingston County Sheriff, Humane Society of Missouri investigate stolen horse, animal neglect

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force this week with an investigation of possible possession of a stolen horse and animal neglect. Sheriff Steve Cox reports investigation showed false information on the stolen horse, and the person was found to be in possession of 11 horses, eight […]

Putnam County Fair

Putnam County Fair in Unionville to feature Josh Turner and Restless Heart

The Putnam County Fair in Unionville next month will feature entertainment including Josh Turner, Restless Heart, and Hairball. There will also be a rodeo and tractor pull. Activities will begin September 5th with a 4-H and FFA horse show. An open show will follow. Entries will be accepted in various categories September 8th. The schedule […]

First Vesicular Stomatitis Virus case confirmed in Missouri horse

Missouri State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Strubberg announced the state’s first case of Vesicular Stomatitis in a horse in Newton County. The announcement follows a positive confirmation from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory, making Missouri the seventh state to confirm the virus this year. As a result, the Missouri Department of […]

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Gallatin senior announced as winner of Equine Science Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award

The Missouri FFA Association Tuesday night announced a member of the Gallatin chapter, Tom Joe Crouse, won the Equine Science Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award. The category is among 46 in which state winners and runners-up were recognized. Tom Crouse, a senior at Gallatin R-5 High School, is the son of Gene and Carrie Crouse. His supervised […]

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Trenton Park Department closes additional facilities in response to COVID-19 concerns

The Trenton Park Department has announced additional closings of park facilities in response to the coronavirus concerns and requests for social distancing. Parks Director Jason Shuler has announced the closing all shelter houses, the disc golf course, the skate park, basketball courts, tennis courts, and horseshoe pits.  He noted the walking trail will remain open.  […]

Ayers Family on Horses

Three generations of family build a beef business at Ayers Stock Farm in Green City

Ayers Stock Farm in Green City, Mo., has spent three generations in the rolling hills of northern Missouri building a beef business driven on horseback. Rick Ayers has been involved in his family’s livestock farm since 1967 and his wife, Jonna Ayers, joined the family farm while both were teaching agriculture education at the local […]