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Important crop insurance deadline nears

 Posted on May 22, 2015 at 2:53 pm

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds farmers and ranchers seeking federal crop insurance that they must have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form, commonly called form AD-1026, on file with their local USDA service center by June 1. Many farmers already have their forms on file since they are required for participation in other USDA programs, including NRCS conservation programs. But others, like specialty

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  • Elsberry FFA Chapter holds 2015 banquet and says goodbye to some familiar faces

     Posted on May 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Amanda Jo Talbot receives her award for being the 2015 Outstanding Senior FFA Member.

    The Elsberry Area FFA Chapter held its annual banquet on May 6 in the Elsberry High School Gymnasium. The Elsberry FFA Alumni provided the meal for those in attendance. Those receiving recognition this year included the following: Scholarships: Lovelace Farms Scholarship-Tara O’Brien Hummert International Horticulture Scholarship-Amanda Jo Talbot New Horizons/Barber Seed and Service Scholarship-Kate Boedeker Elsberry MFA Scholarship-Slade Pritchett Shelter Insurance Scholarship-Matt Henry Lincoln County Farm Bureau Scholarship-Tara O’Brien Raymond

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  • Elsberry FFA Member SPOTLIGHT

     Posted on May 15, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Philip Brickey

    Name: Philip Brickey Position/Office: None Parents: Mark and Debra Brickey FFA Chapter: Elsberry FFA FFA Advisors: Jason Vandivort, Mike McCrory, and George Nieters How are you involved in agriculture? I have involved myself in the production of broiler and egg laying hens. I plan to continue to produce poultry and I also plan on pursuing a state proficiency in that project. I have also looked to expand my knowledge on

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  • The beginning of a successful firewood business

     Posted on May 15, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Elsberry FFA Member Logan Shaw

    I chose to start a firewood business because I saw a need in the community to have an honest firewood business. My dad, my brother and a friend helped me get started. At first I just wanted to make some extra money but then I realized there is a serious demand for wood in this area. I drive up to 50 miles to deliver wood sometimes. Through my firewood business

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  • Combining a love of agriculture with a passion for teaching

     Posted on May 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Elsberry FFA Member Arianna Shaffer

    Ever since I was a little girl I have always had a passion for teaching. I love the look on the faces of children when you teach them something that they didn’t know. That is why I love teaching kids about agriculture. PALS is one of the many activities I do with the kids in my community. During PALS the kids learn about different types of agriculture. All  of the

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  • Soybean patent expires, creates more options for farmers

     Posted on May 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Erin Boedeker

    Monsanto’s first-generation Roundup Ready® soybean trait comes off patent this spring. Ever since Monsanto launched their first-generation Roundup seed there has been much debate about whether Monsanto should patent its seeds. Regardless of your opinion over the past debate, the patent expiring will be a positive change for agriculture all around. It could mean lower prices and more choices available to farmers, according to Roger A. McEowen of the Iowa

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  • Testing out the dairy cattle business at a young age

     Posted on May 14, 2015 at 11:00 am


    My family owns a dairy farm of about 100 dairy cattle, and I’ve always been interested in how the farm’s management works. In August of 2013 I bought a pair of Jersey heifers for about $700. These two Jerseys became a start to a project I can see myself working in for the rest of my life. Feeding this pair of calves was a good way for me to develop

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