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SMITHVILLE — Thomas Burke of Smithville was elected as a delegate to the 136th annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates. The convention is to be held Nov. 4, at the Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino in Reno, Nevada.

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As warmer weather arrives, so too does the annual planting and lawn care season. To help get the lushest of lawns and biggest bloom bang for one’s buck, those with the greenest of thumbs say soil maintenance and fertilizing are key.

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Missouri Department of Agriculture is accepting nominations for the Missouri Agriculture Awards. As part of the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture in January, the Missouri Agriculture Awards will honor six individuals that strive to innovate their farm or ranch, give back to their…

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Dry to exceptionally dry conditions continue to be widespread in Missouri, according to reports from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Exceptional drought conditions, the most severe intensity, encompass 3.99 percent of the state including portions of Clay, Clinton and Platte counties.

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CLAY COUNTY — Small, non-farm businesses in Clay County and 21 other Missouri counties are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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CLAY COUNTY — The University of Missouri Extension in Platte County is offering free classes to those interested in learning about the best practices in farming.

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KANSAS CITY — The University of Missouri Extension — Platte County offers free classes to those interested in learning about best farming practices.

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CLAY COUNTY — Those who own livestock know that drought can impact pastures in a real way. Resources for livestock procedures are now available through the University of Missouri Extension.

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The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association honored two legislators during its 50th annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. During the first week of January, one state senator and one state representative received the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award.

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JEFFERSON CITY — More than 400 high school students from across Missouri attended the 23rd Missouri Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Day Thursday, April 27. Those attending from Clay County were Brenna Long, Brooklyn Logan and Forrest Swafford of Smithville High School.

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After unanimous support by the Missouri Senate, Chris Chinn of Clarence was confirmed as Missouri’s new agriculture director. Chinn was appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens in December.

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After unanimous support by the Missouri Senate, Chris Chinn of Clarence was confirmed Missouri’s new agriculture director. Chinn was appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens in December.

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The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for grants to fund projects that could stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is reminding farmers and ranchers that they have until Friday, Feb. 3, to enroll for the Conservation Stewardship Program at their local USDA Service Center.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering grants for promoting public awareness and implementation of Farm Bill conservation activities.

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture has made available funding to assist Missouri producers with costs associated with incorporating the Missouri Grown logo onto products for retail sale. Missouri Grown is the department’s consumer-facing food program promoting Missouri grown and made products.